Beijinho: Coconut Little Kisses

Beijinho: Coconut Little Kisses

Along with the chocolate Brigadeiro (see recipe here), Beijinho is another kids’ party favourite in Brazil. Well, what can go wrong with a mixture of condensed milk and coconut? The clove in the middle not only makes a cute garnish but also complements  the coconut flavour. The yummy and sticky Beijinho sometimes can even win over Brigadeiro and be first one to disappear from a party’s table. The meaning of the name Beijinho is as lovely as the sweet itself  and translates as little kisses. Records from old recipe notebooks show that for more than one century the term has been used by Brazilian housewives to name bite-sized sweets made with coconut. Easy to make and a pleasure to eat, this little delight is a great idea for a high tea or kids’ party, dessert or to be eaten as a sweet treat any time of the day.  Ingredients  1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup desiccated coconut 100 g raw sugar 20 cloves Unsalted butter, to grease 20 petit paper cases  Instructions  1. In a small saucepan, pour condensed milk and coconut and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon for about 18-20 minutes or until the mixture starts to come off the pan. Continue stirring vigorously for a further 2 minutes. 2. Transfer the paste to a small baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until cool. 3. Remove it from the fridge and start working immediately. Grease your hands with a little butter and scoop the paste with a teaspoon. Roll into a ball and throw in  the sugar to coat. Place...
Peanut and Chocolate Bon-Bon (Cajuzinho)

Peanut and Chocolate Bon-Bon (Cajuzinho)

Peanut is another precious produce that was a gift from South America to the world. Many people don’t know that peanut is not a nut, but actually a member of the pulse family. Despite the fact that the name cajuzinho translates as ‘little cashew’, there is no cashew on the recipe! With more than 100 years old, the ancient cajuzinho is a bite-sized sweet that used to be served in dinner parties as part of a dessert and sweets buffet of Brazilian farm houses. In its old recipe, cajuzinho used to be made with peanuts, grated chocolate, sugar and beaten egg whites (or water). and then rolled into mini cashew apple shapes. In some modern recipes sugar and egg whites are replaced by sweetened condensed milk, but some of the purist cooks still prefer to stick to the original recipe. In the 80s, along with cajuzinho, brigadeiro and beijinho were the main sweets served in kids’ parties. Even though it is incredibly delicious, interestingly cajuzinho was a bit underrated by the kids and adults alike, who always preferred the other two. I don’t know the reason, but my guess is that cajuzinho was probably not as popular because it is made with peanuts, which are used to make many types of commercial sweets easily found in supermarkets in Brazil. Even so that these days cajuzinho is nearing extinction from kids’ parties and being replaced by other sweets like gourmet brigadeiros and cupcakes. If you are a fan of peanuts, this is the sweet for you. Differently from brigadeiro or beijinho, cajuzinho does not require any cooking or stirring (apart from roasting the peanuts). It has only 5 ingredients and very easy to prepare, making it the perfect party sweet. In addition, the shape is original and they look...
Coconut

Coconut

Coconut is the symbol of tropical Brazil. If you ever have a chance to visit Brazil’s north-eastern beaches you will see row after row of coconut trees embellishing the landscape. Coconut is native from Asia, but like bananas, adapted well to Brazil’s conditions and has been part of Brazilian landscape for many centuries. The taste of Brazilian coconut is quite special, actually the best I’ve ever tried. Brazilians are addicted to everything related to coconuts. The fresh water of the green coconut is sold in most beaches. Many people even eat its gelatinous and mild-flavoured flesh after they drink the water! Freshly shredded, desiccated coconut and coconut milk are used to prepare hundreds of types of savoury and sweet dishes. In Brazil, when it comes to coconut, even the coconut shell is used to make hand-crafted items, so nothing goes to waste! For a Brazilian coconut experience try our classic Fish Moqueca (recipe here). List of recipes of this website using coconut: Brazilian Coconut Tea Cake Coconut Mousse with Pineapple Flowers How to Open a Fresh Coconut Beijinho: Coconut Little Kisses Manjar Prune and Coconut Cocktail Crumbed ‘Cuddled’ Prawns with Mango and Coconut Salad...
Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened Condensed Milk

You will notice that many desserts and sweets have condensed milk so you will immediately understand why Brazil is the largest market of this product in the world. Available from most supermarkets and grocery stores. List of recipes of this website using sweetened condensed milk: Walnut “Cameo” Bonbon Festive Strawberry Ice-Cream Cake Christmas Boozy Chocolate and Hazelnut Brigadeiro Brazilian Strawberry Trifle Brazilian Crème Caramel with Fresh Raspberries Coconut Mousse with Pineapple Flowers Peanut and Chocolate Bon-Bon (Cajuzinho) Avocado Ice-Cream with Cashew Nut Brittle Carrot Cake with Chocolate Topping Passionfruit Mousse Beijinho: Coconut Little Kisses Brigadeiro: Brazilian Chocolate Caramel Strawberry Bon-Bon...