Brigadeiro de caipirinha ("Caipirinha" Balls)

The "brigadeiro de caipirinha" is a new version of "brigadeiro" (Chocolate balls) flavoured of "caipirinha": a really traditional taste of Brazil. 
Almost all of the "cachaça" alcohol evaporates during cooking, but gives the mixture its fragrant smell and distinctive taste, associated with the flavour of the lime. Suitable for adult.

Ingredients

Preparation method

1. Rinse the lime and zest it - green part only - with a box grater on the finest setting. Mix the zest with the sugar. If you want you can add further lime zest. Cut the lime in half and squeeze out the juice. 
2. Combine sweetened condensed milk and butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. 
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens and loosens from the pan. It takes about 8 minutes for a single dose recipe.  
4. Add "cachaça" and 3 tablespoons of lime juice, mix well and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens and loosens from the pan again. It will take about further 8 minutes. 
5. Pour it hot into a buttered plate and let it cool. 
6. Grease your hands with butter, take a small teaspoon of the mixture and shape it in your hands to form small balls of about 2 cm in diameter. 
7. Coat the balls with the mixture of sugar and lime zest and place them in mini cupcake papers cases. Sprinkle with lime zest, if you like. 
They taste even better the day after and may be stored at room temperature. 

Yield: 20 "brigadeiros de caipirinha".
Posted on: 13 September 2014
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