Christmas Boozy Chocolate and Hazelnut ‘Brigadeiro’

Christmas Boozy Chocolate and Hazelnut ‘Brigadeiro’

Brigadeiro was one of the first recipes I posted in my blog, that was about 6 months ago. I can’t believe 6 months have already passed and it’s almost 2015. I have to say these months were some of the most exciting of my life. It’s been great having the chance to write about Brazilian food, creating and sharing recipes and learning the tricks of food styling and photography. Brigadeiro had to be one of the first because it is such a classic Brazilian chocolate sweet. To us Brazilians brigadeiros are synonym of party and celebration. For this reason I decided to make a Christmas version of the sweet. The traditional brigadeiro recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder. Following the trend in Brazil of gourmet brigadeiros and the holiday mood I decided to add hazelnuts, orange zest and glacéd cherries soaked in cachaça to my Christmas sweet. To go all the way with the festive season, for the coating I used a tip by my sister-in-law to turn the chocolate sprinkles into golden colour using chocolate dust. I also added the stars on top so they look more glamorous and suitable for this special time of the year. I think they look like little edible jewels on the table! Both the star sprinkles and the chocolate dust can be found online or from good pastry supply shops. Have your Christmas dessert sorted with this recipe. This sweet is incredibly easy to make and can be done 4-5 days in advance, just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. Also, since they are bite-sized and served in paper cases, they are also very practical and handy to...
Chocolate and Chilli Soccer Ball Truffles

Chocolate and Chilli Soccer Ball Truffles

One thing that everyone knows about Brazil is that we are crazy about soccer. We are not only supporters, we are more than that, like we say in Brazil, every single Brazilian is also a soccer coach. The World Cup in special is really a big event for us Brazilians and, maybe, we celebrate it more intensely than any other country in the world. The whole country literally becomes green and yellow  with houses decorated with Brazil’s flag and people dressed up in the country’s colours. Family and friends get together to watch the matches and bring items like maracas, drums and pompons to celebrate the goals . During the matches, every time there is a slight chance of a goal we yell, scream and jump out of our seats! Well, I don’t have to tell you that if our team scores a goal, the noise in the room probably reaches dangerous levels of decibels and it takes a lot of time to get everyone to concentrate on the match again. Also, like any get together, food plays a big part and we sit around a table full of snacks and drinks. Some of the common types of snacks served are popcorn, meat skewers, mini-pies, deep-fried snacks, dips and crackers, olives, nuts, cheese platters and Brazilian sweets. To commemorate this year’s World Cup, I did not settle down until I found these cute soccer ball moulds on e-bay to make my soccer ball truffles. The reason why I chose to make the chocolate and chilli combination is because 1) I am crazy about this duo and 2) I think it has...