Friday, February 13, 2015

NomNom: Brazilian Truffles

Since Valentine's day lands on a Saturday this year that means you have time to spend in the kitchen (or not) and put extra love into that meal or in today's case, dessert. This sweet truffle concoction, called a Brigadeiro, comes from Brazil and requires just 3 ingredients. They are so easy to make yet yields something so pretty that also looks like much effort was put into it that you're going to look like a dessert hero. I got you, friend.

This is a very adaptable truffle recipe when it comes to toppings. Since Valentine's day is tomorrow I figure it would be fitting to add heart shaped sprinkles and anything red/pink. Very girly. Very Valentines Day. However I like chocolate flavors mixed with nutty flavors so I included chopped walnuts in my toppings (a personal favorite). Feel free to get creative and cover these addicting sweets to your hearts desire with other nuts such as pistachio, peanuts, or almonds. These truffles don't taste like the standard rich truffles but lean towards the caramel-y ooey gooey goodness side--totally not a bad thing.

However you spend your Valentines day or this weekend, these truffles should be included in your plan. Have fun decorating and enjoy eating these treats.

Have a great weekend. Xo.

Ingredients (Adapted from Yields: 24 truffles
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14-ounce)
2 tablespoons of butter, plus extra for your hands
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
sprinkles, for coating
chopped walnuts for coating

1. Combine the condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt in small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to simmer, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and when stirred, pulls away from the bottom of the pan, about 10 minutes.

2. Remove from the heat and place the mixture in a greased shallow pan. Refrigerate until chilled all the way through about 2 hours.

3. Lightly butter your hands. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop some of the truffle mixture into your hands and roll into a bite-size ball. Roll the truffle in one of the coatings and place on a plate. Continue with the remaining chocolate. Store the truffles in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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