Saturday, 12 March 2011

Brigadeiro Gateau

For Brazilians, Brigadeiro, a cross between fudge and a chocolate truffle, is an iconic sweet. Rolled into little balls  
they are everyone's favourite. 

The story behind its creation is also sweet, it goes back to a very handsome and SINGLE Brigadier aviator called Eduardo Gomes who in the 40's run for the Brazilian presidency.  His very enthusiastic girly fan base created this scrumptious sweet for one of his many fundraising campaigns. The Brigadier was never elected, but the sweet Brigadeiro remained as the Brazilian #1 choice.

This scrumptious gateau is pretty easy to make, a chocolate cake filled and covered with soft Brigadeiro.

2 Cups plain flour
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup cocoa powder
(all sifted together)
1 Cup hot water
1 Cup vegetable oil
3 egg yolks
1  Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3 egg whites 
1/4 Teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 180C.

1. In a bowl sift flour, cocoa powder and sugar.
2. Add the hot water and mix well to a paste consistency.
3. Add vegetable oil, and keep mixing until all oil have been incorporated. 

4. At this point you might be thinking the batter has gone terribly wrong, but bear with me IT WILL WORK!
Add the egg yolks, then the baking powder.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with cream of tartar to soft peaks.
6.  Gently incorporate the egg whites to the batter, folding it very carefully.
7. Line two 8 inches round tin with parchment paper, divide the batter, and bake for approximately 45 minutes or till tester comes clean.

2 Cans condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup of double cream
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
Mix all ingredients in a large plastic bowl, it needs to be tall and it has to fit in your microwave. Start with 3 minutes, stir well before setting it for another 3 minutes. Then 4 more intervals of 2 minutes, and a final of 1 minute.  The secret is to stir well in between each interval. Leave it to cool before decorating the cake.

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