I had never heard of these little dessert bites until I began researching desserts for the Brazilian themed Olympic party. When I saw that condensed milk was the main ingredient, I knew this is one I needed to try.
Also known as Brazilian truffles, Brigadeiros can be made stove top or in the microwave. A combination of condensed milk, butter, chocolate, and a touch of salt is so simple, but oh so delicious. You can roll the chilled balls of chocolate in sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, or coconut. Or you can do as I did, and have a variety.
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 T. unsalted butter
1/8 t. salt
Pour the condensed milk in a large microwavable bowl. Add chocolate and butter.
Microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Take the bowl from the microwave and stir to combine the ingredients.
The next step is based on your microwave's wattage. Microwave for another five minutes, TAKING THE BOWL OUT AND STIRRING AFTER EACH ONE MINUTE INCREMENT.
The mixture is done when when it has been become thick and fudgey and it pulls away from the side of the bowl as you stir the mixture. For my batch, it took 4 minutes.
Stir in the salt.
Spoon the mixture onto a large plate and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Shape the brigadeiros. With a spoon, scoop out about 2 t. of the mixture. Rub a little butter onto the palms of your hands to prevent the chocolate from sticking. Roll the brigadeiros into a little ball, and roll the ball in the topping of your choice.
Brigadeiros will keep at room temperature for about 2 days, and in the refrigerator for up to a week.