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Brigadeiro recipes have been around for centuries and are believed to have originated in Brazil. The name “brigadeiro” comes from the Portuguese word for “brigadier,” which was a title given to high-ranking military officers. It’s thought that the first brigadeiro recipes were created in the early 1900s by a woman named Maria de Lourdes Paranhos. Paranhos was the wife of a brigadier in the Brazilian army, and she is credited with creating the first brigadeiro recipe.
The original brigadeiro recipe called for just three ingredients: milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. These ingredients were combined and cooked over a low heat until they formed a thick, sticky mixture. Once the mixture cooled, it was rolled into balls and coated in chocolate sprinkles.
Brigadeiro recipes began to gain popularity in the 1940s, and they have been a staple of Brazilian cuisine ever since. Today, there are many different variations of brigadeiro recipes, but the basic ingredients remain the same. Brigadeiros are typically made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and sugar. Some recipes also call for chocolate, cream, or nuts.
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|sweetened condensed milk|
|dutch process cocoa powder|
|light corn syrup|