According to epicurious.com, Brazilian cuisine will gain in popularity this year – most likely because the country is hosting the next World Cup (which isn’t until next year, but it’s never too early to start preparing for it, especially if that preparation involves delicious food).
There is so much to go into, from churrasco (barbeque) to feijoada, a thick stew of black beans, beef, and pork considered the national dish of Brazil, but I’ve decided to concentrate on desserts, highlighting five traditional Brazilian desserts compiled with the help of a Brazilian friend (this list is far from comprehensive).
Brigadeiro: This is a popular Brazilian candy made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder, usually in the shape of a chocolate truffle. It can be eaten as a dessert on its own or used as a topping or filling for other desserts like cakes and brownies. It’s also a really popular treat at children’s birthday parties. Personally, I don’t see why it can’t be eaten at any birthday parties because it looks delicious. Fun fact: It can be considered the national dessert, or at least the national truffle.
Bolo de prestigio: Chocolate and coconut lovers have yet another reason to indulge – this dessert is basically a chocolate cake with a coconut filling engulfed in chocolate sauce. Think Bounty (the chocolate bar) in a cake.
- Espuma Gelada: It was actually more difficult than I thought to find information on this dessert – at least information that isn’t in Portuguese. But, according to my friend, this is a condensed milk pudding with a layer of homemade whipped cream and topped with chocolate bon bons.
- Pudim: Not all the desserts on this list are made of chocolate. The full name of this dessert is Pudim de Leite Condensado, known in English as Brazilian flan – a pudding topped with caramel. The pudding is generally made with condensed milk, eggs, regular milk, and sugar.
- Pave: Rounding up the list is Pave, pronounced paa-vey. It is a layered dessert that uses Italian lady fingers or champagne waffles as a base and is filled with fruit, pudding, or thickened condensed milk and whipped cream. It can also have fruit slices, toffee pieces, or caramel, or be covered in different sauces. It’s most comparable to tiramisu.