Brigadeiros is a traditional Brazilian delicacy, an iconic cultural treat that is eaten by anyone and everyone in every part of the country. This unifying treat is eaten at celebrations, parties, and is seen as a gourmet item. The brigadeiro is basically a Brazilian style truffle. It is a very popular confection, and seeing how I work in a Brazilian restaurant, I decided to give this treat a try.
Being the lady that I am, I cannot keep anything basic, so I took the original and tweaked it a bit.
The traditional way uses sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and chocolate as the filling, and it rolled in chocolate sprinkles. I used dulce de leche in place of the sweetened condensed milk, added more chocolate, and rolled this concoction in a streusel made from milk powder, flour, and caramelized white chocolate. This truffle is finished with a nice pinch of salt to draw out all the sweet flavors. Caramel and salt is a very nice flavor combination, each enhancing one another, like sweet does to sour. (For those who do not know, salt is the secret ingredient in pastry).
The goal was enhance the flavor, to bring out a more caramel and toasted flavor notes, to make a more dimensional treat.
The end product is delicious, very toasty (my favorite flavor) and chocolaty. I have made the treat even better, while paying homage to the tradition behind this iconic confection.