Avocado Brigadeiros (Brigadeiro de Abacate)
Rich and sweet with a hint of lime, my Avocado Brigadeiros are super simple to make and definitely a crowd pleaser! The famous Brazilian chocolate bonbons called Brigadeiros were the sweets that inspired me to make this avocado version. For this recipe, I like white sand sugar so the green dough can be seen. It is kind of fun! Lasts about 48 hours in the refrigerator. Makes about 50 balls.
Background: Guess what else served as an inspiration for me? The Incredible Hulk! My son wanted a superhero party for his 4th birthday, so I made several different kinds of Brigadeiros to go with the theme. Of course, the Incredible Hulk Brigadeiro would HAVE to be green! That’s how my Avocado Brigadeiro was born! Kids and adults loved it, and my husband said it was his favorite out of all the other flavors!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for rolling
- 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Hass avocado, or half of a California avocado, pitted and peeled
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup sand sugar, for rolling
Melt the butter in medium sauce pan set over moderate heat.
Add sweetened condensed milk and stir, constantly, until mixture has thickened and bubbles start to form; 10 to 12 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to stick to the bottom of the pan; so stir constantly and lower the heat to medium-low during the process, if necessary. Once thickened, immediately transfer dough to a medium bowl.
Add avocado and lime juice to a processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add ½ cup to 1 cup of dough to food processor and pulse 3 to 4 times.
Fold avocado mixture into the bowl and stir until combined. Cover and transfer to refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours, until mixture is chilled.
In a working surface, place sand sugar in a small bowl. Butter the palm of your hands. Take small amounts of dough (approximately 1 ½ teaspoon) and roll forming a ball. Roll it over sand sugar. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.
If desired, place ball into small candy cups. Refrigerate until serving. Serve cold. The Avocado Brigadeiros last about 48 hours in the refrigerator.
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