By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer
August 25, 2015
Brazilian cuisine is really diverse and tasty as well. When it comes to sweets and desserts, there is a whole world of sugary goodness to explore. Below, we have compiled five Brazilian deserts for you to try if you get the chance.
Brigadeiros are among the most popular sweets in Brazil, especially at birthday parties. They are basically balls of condensed milk mixed with chocolate powder, which are then covered in chocolate sprinkles. Not only are brigadeiros delicious, but they are also very easy to make at home. If you want to try one but are not in Brazil, you can try making your own.
Tapioca is a type of pancake made with a particular type of flour. Tapiocas can be salty, but they can also be made into delicious desserts. They can be filled with chocolate, fruits, condensed milk and many other sweet fillings. Personally, I would recommend filling it with bananas and Nutella.
Quindims are amongst the most traditional Brazilian pastries. This delicious treat, which came from the northeast of Brazil, is made from a mix of sugar, egg yolks and ground coconuts, and is usually presented inside an upturned cup. The quindim also has a larger version, which can serve many people, referred to as “quindo”.
Pudim de Leite Condensado
Different versions of this desert can be found in other countries with different names, but the Brazilian one is made with condensed milk, which makes it sweeter than most versions. The “pudim” is a traditional dessert in Brazil, and can be found in many restaurants and households. If you get the chance to try it, I would recommend not missing the opportunity.
Cocadas are a traditional candy that can be found in many parts of Latin America, specially in Brazil. Made with eggs and shredded coconut, they usually have a chewy texture and a sugary taste, and come in a variety of colors. In Brazil, cocadas are mostly found in the northeast, sometimes being sold in the street by vendors. For candy lovers, it is definitely worth a try.
The paoca is a Brazilian candy made with ground peanuts, cassava flour, sugar and salt. It is eaten mostly in the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo, but can be found all though the country. Paocas come mostly shaped like a cube or a cork, and have a dry texture and a sweet taste that many say is similar to peanut butter. Whether trying the artisanal or the industrially-made paoca, the experience is highly recommended.
Pamonhas are a sweet corn-based paste that can be found all through Brazil. There are many different recipes for pamonha, but the traditional one consists of grounded green corn, milk (or coconut milk), sugar, butter and cinnamon. Pamonhas are very popular, and are often sold inside corn husks or wrapped in banana leaves. They usually have a pasty texture and taste delicious.
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