Brazilian Dessert on a Very Brazilian Holiday!

posted on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today is a very important Holiday for Americans but it is THE most important Holiday (except for Carnaval, or course) for Brazilians. It's our Independence day. So in honor of this special day I'm re-posting the recipe for Bem Casado, my favorite Brazilian dessert.

mini cakes dough

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon backing powder

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water

mini cakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 420
  2. Separate the eggs
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a stand up mixer with the sugar until it is firm*
  4. Add the egg yolks one at a time without their skin (use a metal stainer for this) and add the vanilla. Fold into the egg whites.
  5. Slowly add the flour, corn starch, and baking powder and fold into the egg mixture.
  6. Drop spoon fulls of the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from cookie sheet while it is still hot and place in a cooling rack.
  8. When the cakes have completely cooled down spread dulce de leche on them and form a sandwich with a second cake.
  9. Dunk the sandwiched cakes in the sugar syrup.
  10. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  11. Place a chocolate leaf on top to garnish (optional)

    * Egg whites can be tricky. For detailed instructions on how to whisk egg whites visit this post at 101 Cook Books.
  1. To make dulce de leche pour the sweetened condensed milk in a glass bowl and microwave on medium for 10 minutes. Stop and stir every 2 minutes.
  1. Place the water and sugar in a small sauce pan.
  2. Stir constantly until it begins to boil.
  3. Cool down completely before submerging the cakes.
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