I was so excited when I received my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. I’m always excited, but this month? Super excited! I saw the blog name, did a quick “whoo hoo” and immediately clicked on the link to head over to From Brazil To You to start reading. You see, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Brazil: the food, the people, the culture and all of the amazing memories I have from being an exchange student there when I was in high school.
I loved looking around Denise’s blog! Denise was born and raised in Brazil so her recipes are true, trustworthy, Brazilian recipes. Believe me when I say I have bookmarked this blog and will come back to it over and over again to make these recipes. I can’t wait!
It was so hard to narrow down my recipe for today’s reveal. I really wanted to make Feijoada (Black Bean Stew). I can’t tell you how delicious this dish is! This is Brazil’s national dish and it was one of my favorites when I was living with my host family. But life has been crazy for my kids and I this month and I knew I wouldn’t have the time or energy to put into this.
Denise’s Glazed Guarana Cake blew my mind also. Guarana was my favorite beverage when I was in Brazil. It’s like nothing you can get here, but that was the problem. I found out where to get it online but it was going to take 30 days to get to me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I ordered it. Duh. I’m totally going to make this cake when it comes.
Then I saw the post for Brigadeirao, a Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Flan. I love Brigadeiro and have made it a ton over the years. (You can read my post here about the fudge and my time in Brazil.) Denise took the delicious, creamy traditional Brazilian fudge recipe and turned it into a family sized flan. Oh my heck!
I’ve never made flan before so at first I was a little intimidated. The whole cooking it in a water bath thing and all. But it was fairly easy.
See? Water bath.
Sadly, I think my pan needs to be retired. Or I didn’t use enough butter/oil to grease my pan. This is what happened when I flipped it over. Crud. My heart sank. Total user error.
But…. we still ate it. Oh yes we did. We just ate it with a fork right from the plate. And it was delicious. It was rich and chocolaty and oh so smooth.
Traditionally you would sprinkle this with chocolate sprinkles. I thought since it was close to St. Patrick’s Day, we would use green sprinkles. Not the look I was going for, but now I know for future reference – stick with the chocolate sprinkles.
I’m so glad I found Denise’s blog! I can’t wait to try out her other recipes, close my eyes when I eat them and picture myself sitting at the table in my host family’s house and remembering all the amazing times I had while there.
I’m linking to the parties found HERE.