Walnut “Cameo” Bonbon

Walnut “Cameo” Bonbon

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Cameo is an oval-shaped gemstone with a head image carved on it, an ancient carving technique and also a Brazilian bonbon known as camafeu in Portuguese. Made with a rich walnut paste and enrobed in a fine shell of sugary fondant, this Brazilian sweet indeed resembles the jewlery, it has an oval shape and two contrasting colours: the white of the fondant and the golden of the walnut that garnishes the top. This beauty effect multiplies when all the sweets are arranged on a elegant tray and served on a special occasion like Christmas. This little Brazilian gem is glamorous but so easy to prepare, no cooking or baking required. Just mixing, rolling, shaping, covering and eating! Thanks once again to my gorgeous sister-in-law Lisi for the amazing recipe and helpful hints. This is the best Cameo recipe I’ve ever tried!

Walnut Cameo 4 (1 of 1)

 

Walnut Cameo P1 (1 of 1)

It’s nearly Christmas,  the end of 2015 is approaching and a lot of people around the world have hopes for the New Year, which is highly anticipated with wishes of luck, love, happiness and a better life. The concept of a good life however raises many questions like what is the meaning of life, what constitutes a good life? Are the answers simple or complex?
The adopted son of the great Luiz Gonzaga (known as the “king of Baiao” musical rhythm), the Brazilian singer/song-writter the late Gonzaguinha wrote a song with questions and answers about life from the perspective of different people. The questions begin right in the title of the song which is called in English “What is it? What is it?”. The song lyrics start with the answer he finds the best one, the answer that comes from the children, simple and straight forward and probably what most people want life to be: just beautiful. After this the samba beats get intense and the song continues with his insights about life. Like the song Prayer for Time I put words between brackets to enhance the meaning and help with the translation. Please feel free to leave a note in the comments’ section below if you would like to add your own views in relation to life. Just click on the title if you wish to listen to it.

What is it? What is it? (Gonzaguinha)
I choose the purity
That comes from the children’s answer
That’s life, it is beautiful
And it’s beautiful

To live
And never be ashamed
To be happy
To sing and sing and sing
The beauty of being
A lifelong learner

Oh my God!
I know I know
That life should be
Much better and will be
But that does not stop me
from repeating
It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful
And is beautiful

To live
And never be ashamed
To be happy
To sing and sing and sing
The beauty of being
A lifelong learner

Oh my God!
I know I know
That life should be
Much better and will be
But that does not stop me
from repeating
It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful
And is beautiful

That’s life
And life, what is it?
Say there, my brother
It is the beating of a heart
It’s a sweet illusion

That’s life
Is it a wonder or suffering?
Is it a joy or regret?
What is it? What is it?
My brother

Some say
That people’s lives
Are nothing in the world
It is a droplet, it is an instant
That doesn’t even last a second

Some speak
It is a divine and
profound mystery
It is the breath of the Creator
through a demonstration of full love

You say (life) is fighting and pleasure
He says life is to live
She says the best (option) is to die
(because) she is not loved
And the word is to suffer

I just know that I trust the girl
And in her I have faith
We are the ones who make the life
In any way, whatever way we can, or want

(life is) Always desired
Even when is wrong
No one wants death
Only health and luck

And the question is there
And the head spins
I choose the purity
That comes from the children’s answer
That’s life, it is beautiful
And is beautiful

To live
And never be ashamed
To be happy
To sing and sing and sing
The beauty of being
A lifelong learner

Oh my God!
I know I know
That life should be
Much better and will be
But that does not stop me
from repeating
It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful
And is beautiful

Life is beautiful indeed, this is the surprise I got when I was doing the photo shoots for this post, our grapevine is full of young fruits! I can’t wait to try some!

Grapevine (1 of 1)

 

 

 

Walnut Cameo 2 (1 of 1)

 

Brazilian Walnut Cameos

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 Ingredients 

Bonbon:

400 g walnuts (or pecans), plus 16 walnuts extra to garnish

200 g any plain sweet biscuits like Marie

1 can (395g) sweetened condensed milk

Fondant:

450 g icing sugar

2 tbs powdered milk

2 tsp lime juice, sieved

3 tbs water

Equipment:

Food processor

Rulers covered in foil

32 Petit paper cases

 Instructions 

1. Blend the biscuits and 400 g walnuts in the food processor and pour them in a bowl. Pour the condensed milk slowly and use your hands to knead the paste and combine the ingredients. Cut the 16 walnuts in half (lenghtways) and reserve.

2. Make a ball of the walnut paste and cut it into four even portions. On a clean surface, roll each portion to a 2cm-thick log.

3. Use a lightly floured knife to cut logs into 3cm pieces. Using the tip of your fingers round the sides of each piece into a half-oval type of shape (flat on the basis). Place them apart onto a tray or plate.

4. In a bowl mix icing sugar, milk and lime juice pouring water slowly until a thick paste is obtained.

5. Place the rulers across the top of a tray. Put the walnut logs apart on top of the rulers. Using a spoon, pour the fondant over the piece until the whole log is covered. Garnish with a piece of walnut. Wait for a couple of hours to dry. Using a round knife cut the excess glaze around the edges of each sweet . Transfer to a paper case. Repeat the glazing process with the remaning sweets.

Makes: 32

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Receita em Português

Camafeu de Nozes

 Ingredientes 

Bombom:

400 g de nozes (ou pecans), mais 16 nozes para guarnecer

200 g de biscoito simples tipo maria ou maisena

1 lata (395g) de leite condensado

Fondant:

450 g de açúcar de confeiteiro

2 colheres de sopa de leite em pó

2 colheres de chá de suco de limão, peneiradas

3 colheres de sopa de água

Equipamento:

Processador de alimentos

Réguas forradas com papel alumínio

32 forminhas

 Modo de Preparo 

1. Misture os biscoitos e 400 g de nozes no processador de alimentos e transfira para uma tigela. Despeje o leite condensado lentamente e misture bem com as mãos. Corte as nozes 16 ao meio (no comprimento) e reserve.

2. Faça uma bola da pasta de nozes e corte em quatro porções iguais. Em uma superfície limpa, faça 4 rolos (como de nhoque) de dois centímetros de espessura cada.

3. Use uma faca levemente enfarinhada para cortar em pedaços de 3 cm. Usando a ponta de seus dedos arredonde o doce dos lados fazendo um formato ovalado e achatado na base. Coloque numa forma.

4. Em uma tigela misture o açúcar de confeiteiro, leite e limão, derramando a água lentamente até obter uma pasta espessa.

5. Posicione as réguas atravessadas em cima da borda da forma. Coloque os doces separadamente sobre as réguas. Usando uma colher, despeje o fondant sobre todo o doce até que esteja coberto. Decore com um pedaço de noz. Esperar por 2 horas ou até secar. Usando uma faca rodada corte o excesso de fondant na base. Transfira para a forminha. Repita o processo com os doces restantes.

Rende: 32 docinhos

  • Evelyn Thomas

    Beautiful Georgina. I love the interesting history you add to each post and these bonbons look so good. xxx

    • GeorginaRibas

      Thanks Ev, it means a lot to me the fact that you enjoy my posts 😉

  • http://www.tastedefined.com/ Shoshanna Lee

    Such an irresistible & sweet delight Georgina. So easy-to-make and so inviting. Loved it!

    • GeorginaRibas

      Thanks Shoshanna!

  • http://lslfun.blogspot.com Mira L

    These are so cute! Perfect for Christmas! Love your grapevine!

    • GeorginaRibas

      Thanks Mira, I can’t wait to eat some of these beautiful grapes!

  • http://www.cookwithmanali.com/ Manali @ CookWithManali

    these are so perfect for the Holidays! never heard of them before but would love to taste one!

    • GeorginaRibas

      They are deliciious indeed Manali, thanks!

  • Ritu ahuja

    Wow!! Perfect for the festivities. Super tempting. You are an amazing cook with awesome recipes. Love it. Beautiful presentation. I wish I could taste some. Yum Yum :)

    • GeorginaRibas

      Hello Ritu, happy to hear you find my sweets tempting! Thanks for stopping by.