The World Cup 2014 is just around the corner – it starts June 12 – and is being held in host country Brazil. Here at Little Pim, we’re excited to share our love of both the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture with our friends.
To get you ready for some world class World Cup watching, we have two easy Brazilian recipes – one savory and one sweet – great for small hands to help create.
Vamos comer! (Let’s eat!)
Savory Treat: Pão de Queijo (cheese puffs)
These savory cheese puffs are crisp on the outside, rich and chewy on the inside. They’re a popular treat in Brazil for an afternoon snack or pre-meal nibble –although we think they’re also perfect for watching Futebol (soccer)!
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. active dry yeast
- ¾ cup milk
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
- 2 eggs
- Heat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, whisk together tapioca starch, Parmesan, flour, salt, and yeast. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until butter melts. Pour mixture into dry ingredients along with 1 egg and stir until dough forms; cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Using a tablespoon, portion out dough and roll each into a ball. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spaced 2″ apart; beat remaining egg in a small bowl and brush balls with egg.
- Bake until browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Sweet Treat: Brigadeiros (Chocolate fudge balls)
These fudgy truffles are a favorite dessert throughout Brazil. We say “Gooooaaallll” for the easy recipe and yummy sprinkles on top.
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp. heavy cream
- 2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 3 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 cup chocolate sprinkles
- Bring butter, cream, and milk to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat.
- Add chocolate and cocoa powder, and reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of dense, fudgy batter, about 16 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl; let cool. Chill until set, at least 4 hours.
- Using a tablespoon, portion out fudge and roll into balls. Roll each ball in chocolate sprinkles until evenly coated.
- Chill until ready to serve.
Makes 2 dozen
All recipes courtesy of our friends at Saveur.