I can remember when my mom used to call our family to help make the docinhos (candy/sweet desserts) for parties! We would gather the whole familia to make what today I remember as one of the most fun times of my life!
My sister and I would patiently wait by the kitchen door while my mom was stirring the sweet mixture which would later, become several different amazing creations!
It was up to us to make the little balls and coat them with sugar, crushed peanuts, stuff them with a grape, stuff a dry prune with it … as much as we were making, we were eating, that was the most fun part of it!
I remember my mom saying, don’t touch, there will be nothing left for the guests! I would nod yes with a mouth full of brigadeiro!!! Such fond memories of a time which will never come to pass again!
Last year when I visited Brazil, my sister and I made brigadeiros together, to relive that tradition and remember those times when family got together to make sweet things: porque Lo que la dulzura une, nada lo separa. (What sweetness unites, no one can separate)
Those moments stay forever, so when I moved to the US, I decided to bring that tradition and get the family involved in carrying it on!
At our house, there’s no birthday party, no Christmas without a good brigadeiro, casadinho, doce de uva…..yummm!
So here, I stir the pot, my son adds the ingredients and my husband prepares the plates and the sugar for the recipe!
I know you’re curious, so let’s get to the easiest and most traditional Brazilian recipe: Casadinho. Which is a brigadeiro made in two different pots to be joined together later, with my own twist! You won’t believe how easy it is!
2 cans of La Lechera condensed milk
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
Granulated Sugar to coat
Thin slices of guava paste
Place 1 can of La Lechera condensed milk, the butter and stir until the mixture detaches from the pot, you need to see it completely falling out of the bottom, not sticking when you turn the pot sidewards. Have another family member pass soft butter on a plate and reserve.
Do the same process with the chocolate mixture, just adding cocoa to the pot and stirring.
Place it on a plate previously coated with butter and let it cool off.
Spread butter on your hands and make the balls, basically the same size and coat them with sugar! We like making them small, so you can have just one or many of those delicious treats!
Coat them with sugar
Place your finger on both balls as you unite them and add the thin slice of guava paste to unite them better, forever … that’s what my mom used to say!
As we did when I was helping my mom, my son and I were eating as many balls as I was making! Because you need to keep the sweet traditions in the familia, right?
This super easy, no bake recipe only has a few ingredients and it’s soooo good you won’t want to miss trying it!
Hope you check our step by step video out:
As the name said: Casadinhos means newly wed, united together … perfect no bake dessert to keep your family together, celebrating the traditions you love the most!
That’s why I’m so excited to announce the Nestle La Lechera ‘No-bake’ Instagram contest and encourage you to share their own easy ‘no bake’ recipe for a chance to win cash and Nestle La Lechera prize packs. Themes will focus on spending more time in the kitchen together creating easy, kid-friendly summer recipes.
I’ve entered my recipe, can’t wait to see yours!
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