February 14, 2012
Beijinho de coco is another classic candy served at birthday parties in Brazil. Beijinho means “little kiss” (beijo=kiss and coco, well… coconut :). Very appropriate for the Valentine’s Day right? Sweet smooches :*.
This candy is very easy to prepare (easier than the brigadeiro), reason why I always volunteered to stir the batter for my mother when I was a kid (and lick the pan when doing dishes! HA!).
I know there are different ways to make the beijinho and some recipes include egg yolks in the batter. The following is how my mother taught me to make it and the recipe comes from her notebook. (Oi manhê! )
Oh, I almost forgot! Traditionally, a clove is stuck on top of each beijinho but I usually don’t add it. Anyways, they are decorations only and nobody really eat them ^_^.
Beijinho de coco – Coconut “little kiss”
yields about 35 small ones
- 1 can (397g) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 100 g unsweetened desiccated shredded coconut
- granulated sugar or coconut flakes (about 1 cup)
- cloves (I didn´t use)
- small paper cups (optional)
Prepare a heat-proof deep plate, greasing with a bit of unsalted butter.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan mix the condensed milk, butter and desiccated shredded coconut. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden/silicone spatula.
After approximately 15-20 minutes the mixture should get thicker. It starts to get done when you can see the bottom of the pan. For a rough comparison, the batter looks like cold porridge. You will also find it difficult to stir more as you get a defined ball inside your pan.
Remove from heat and lay the mixture into the prepared plate and let cool to room temperature. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge (so it gets easier to mold the candies).
Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture and using your hands, roll little balls (about ∅2cm). Repeat with the remaining coconut mixture.
Put the granulated sugar (or coconut flakes) in a bowl. Roll the beijinhos in, covering their surface and place them in the paper cups. Stick one clove into each beijinho for decoration.
The candy keeps well in an airtight plastic container for up to 2 days at room temperature or for 1 week in the refrigerator.
I made a little heart-shaped box with beijinhos and brigadeiros to celebrate the Valentine’s Day and the Finnish Friend’s Day ^_^.
Ok… I couldn’t resist… having two colors of candy dough, dark and white… I had to make panda shaped candies straightaway…
Need to love pandas right… but hey! Don’t you want to have a bite? ;)
February 7, 2012
February has arrived! And inspired by a sweet Valentine´s card my girls received today from their great-grandparents, I made a bento with the love theme ^_^.
Contents: Iri-dofu (tofu scramble), mini plum tomato, steamed broccoli, nectarine slices, mandarine orange and a cute cup (ありがとう M!) with carrot sticks and red grapes. The brown puppy is made with rice mixed with shoyu and the white one is a plain onigiri with nori details. *SMOOOOOCH*
Pikkusiili said I should have put more ketchup on the puppy´s cheek, because it was too “pale”. Did she mean no blushing enough? XD
Ah yes… some friends have been asking how are we doing with all the news about the severe winter in Europe. We are doing fine :), there is indeed plenty of snow and some very cold days… I guess we are used, it doesn’t bother us so much.
When the girls can’t go outside to play we try to do some activities at home. They got mini baking equipment toys on Christmas from my in-laws and grandmother taught them to make salt play dough to use with the stuff.
I made the dough again, it is a very easy no-cook recipe. So simple but surely delivered a few hours of entertainment to my daughters! Our “fake bakery” was a success then ^_^.
Taikataikina / no cook salt play dough
adapted from here . Taikataikina means “magic dough” also called suolataikina in Finnish (suola=salt, taikina=dough)
- 6 dl wheat flour (about 3 cups)
- 3 dl salt (11/2 cup)
- 3 dl warm water (300ml , warm enough to dissolve the salt)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola)
- food coloring if desired
Combine the salt and flour in a mixing bowl. The coarser the salt, the more the granulous effect.
Make a well in the dry mixture and gradually add the water, kneading until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Add the vegetable oil and combine everything again.
For the colored dough, I divided the neutral dough into 4 pieces and added food coloring (red, blue and yellow) to each, kneading until getting an even color. For the other colors, I just let the girls mix the basic balls and have fun with the discoveries.
While playing I recommend covering the unused dough with plastic because it tends to dry very fast.
The salt dough can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Happy week friends!