Brigadeiros ~ Brazilian sweets

obrigaderoMy hubby has Brazilian roots, his mom was born in Rio, and so his grandmother. His Grandma – called also “Pigrissa” in english ‘sloth’, since she is very slow moving, is a wonderful cook. She makes these little sweets for holidays and birthdays.  One thing is sure: Brazilian cook is not light and good for a diet :P

Time: 30 minuts + 10 min cooling down

Ingredients:  30 pieces

  • 4 spoons cacao powder
  • 2 spoon butter
  • 1 can condensed milk (397 gr)
  • sugar decoration of your choice

1. In a pot, put the whole condensed milk can, 2 spoon of butter, 4 spoons of cacao powder ( better if you sift the cacao powder before, to avoid clump)

2. Then turn the radio on, because it takes at least 20 minutes, stirring  till it becomes a very thick cream, like a modeling clay.

3. Let it cool off completely. Use some butter on your hands and make little balls. Roll the ball inside a sugar decoration of your choice. I used also shredded coconut here to mix the color a little bit. They remain good for at least 5-6 days inside the refrigerator.

Buon appetito :)

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Chocolate Cookie

chocolate_cookieSince I moved out of Italy, there is something that I really miss finding in the supermarket: cookies. We have a wide range and assortment; on the contrary, here in Germany cookies are often disappointing :( The one  you can find in a bakery are not, but often, they are quite expensive and taste awful. So I decided to self-make them more often, or at least try to.

Time:  30 minute preparation + 20 min cooking

Ingredients:  20-25 cookies

  • 110 gr butter
  • 220 gr 50% dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs ( both white and yolk)
  • 100 gr white sugar
  • 220 gr white flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

1. Melt the butter and the chocolate previously cut in small pieces with low temperature.

2. In a bowl, mix eggs and sugar with a whisk.

3. Add in the bowl: melted chocolate, flour and baking powder. Cover and let it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

4. Make little balls with the help of a scoop and place them on a baking sheet tray.

Cook for 20 minutes for 180°c and Buon Appetito!!!

Yogurt Cake ~ Recipe

yogurt_cakeI originally saw this recipe in one of Bendetta Parodi tv show, but I realized that I changed it during the years, to suit me better. This is one of those cake that all kids like. Very simple, but very soft and tasty, perfect for breakfast.  My husband love to cut the slice in half and put some jam in it. You can fill it also with some Nutella, but definitely it won’t be healthy anymore…^-^””

Another advantage: we don’t have to divided yolk from white albumen. It take 7 minutes to make the mix and no butter!! Buona colazione! ( have a nice breakfast!). You can use the same yogurt container as measurement cups. Always happy when I have less dishes to wash :D

Time:  7 + 35-40 min cooking

Ingredients:  for 26 cm round baking

  • 250 gr plain yogurt  ( 2 yogurt tub)
  • 300 gr white flour ( or 3 tub)
  • 3 eggs
  • 220 gr sugar (1 ½ tub)
  • ½ tub vegetable oil or olive oil ( around 4 tbs)
  • 1 bag vanilla flavored baking powder ( 13 gr ~ 1 full teaspoon)

1. In a bowl mix yogurt with 3 eggs and mix with a whisk.

2. Add sugar, stir till it is incorporated.

3.Add flour, oil, baking powder for dessert. You don’t need to sift it. Put the mix in a 26 cm round baking pan covered with baking sheet (so you won’t need extra butter and extra cleaning :).

Cook for 35-40 min for 180° static oven. Check with a toothpick if it is ready: stick it inside in the middle, if it is wet, it needs some extra minutes. Spread some powdered sugar on top of it, when it is fully cooled down.