The cultural universality of food.
This weekend some friends and I cooked a Lusophone world-themed dinner. I contributed pudding: an updated version of bebinca – a Goan dessert consisting of layers of coconut pancakes – and brigadeiros, a Brazilian interpretation of chocolate truffles made of condensed milk and cocoa. The recipe for the latter is incredibly easy:
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
½ cup cocoa (not drinking chocolate)
2 Tblsp butter
Silver balls, hundreds and thousands, or more cocoa, for coating
1. Combine the condensed milk, cocoa, and butter in a heavy-based saucepan.
2. Stirring continuously (preferably with a rubber spatula), cook over a low-to-medium heat until the mixture is so thick it’s possible to draw the spatula across the bottom of the pot, leaving a wide gap.
3. Pour the mixture into a well-greased 20cm square cake tin, and allow to cool.
4. Pinch off pieces of the mixture and roll…
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