Sour Milk Brigadeiros (Brazilian Fudge)

Hi! I’m back for again this week! I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the glorious food porn compliments of Cobra PGH 😉

There’s a special reason I’m posting the recipe today. September 29th is Food Waste Awareness day. Americans toss out enough food on a daily basis to feed entire nations. As a human, it doesn’t feel right to toss out so much when there are people literally starving. As an economist, this inefficiency is unacceptable. As someone worried about the environment, the warming effects methane generated from the waste is terrifying. Also, the estimated 1500/year per family in food waste is simply a LOT of money.

A lot of the waste isn’t our fault- a lot of perfectly good food is wasted before it hits grocery shelves. However, there are steps we can take to reduce our personal footprint. My personal favourite: repurpose “bad” items into delicious new recipes!

Today’s recipe features one of the most wasted foods: Milk. 1 in every 6 pints of milk is tossed because it’s gone slightly sour

That’s right, sour milk is still edible. It might not be safe to drink (although that’s debatable too), but it’s definitely safe, and delicious, to cook with. Sour milk was the original buttermilk! They are interchangeable in pancakes and baked goods, so substitute away!

Of course, I decided to push the boundaries a bit. I was planning to make brigadeiro for a friend anyways. Why not try to make the condensed milk myself with some sour milk! Guess what, it worked!

Making condensed milk and brigadiero requires patience, but trust me, it’s ridiculously simple and definitely worth it. The sour milk gives the truffles a unique tangy flavour

Let’s get cooking!


Sour Milk Brigadiero

Ingredients (for the Base)

  • 1.5 cups sour milk
  • 10 tbsp sugar

For the Brigadiero:

  • Base
  • 2tbsp+ 1tsp cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles, coconut flakes or more cocoa powder (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Combine milk and sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium until simmering, then reduce to low. Simmer for 1.5-2 hours or until the milk has reduced to 1/2 cup. The mixture should be thick and syrupy.
  3. Add in cocoa powder and stir until well combined. Continue cooking on low heat until the bottom of the pan shows when dragging a spatula through the mixture
  4. Pour onto a lined sheet pan and chill in freezer for at least 10-15min.
  5. Remove chilled mix from freezer. Cut and roll into balls, then dip into garnish if using. Chill for an additional 20-30 min.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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I hope everyone enjoys this sustainable sweet treat! Let me know if you make it.

For more ideas on how to reduce waste, check out these 15 quick tips.

Have a great week! Until next time, Bye!

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