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  • Sarah Rainey

Fudgey bites

The idea for these little beauties came from the Brazilian brigadeiro, a traditional sweet in the South American nation, which is made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and sprinkles. Mine are slightly more refined - but made in exactly the same way - to create squidgy bites that are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.

If you want to bend the rules and add a fourth ingredient, you can opt for cocoa powder or sprinkles over the top - or try cinnamon, cardamom or even chilli to flavour the mixture (just add a teaspoon of this before it starts to thicken in the pan).

There is a technique to getting it right, but you'll have the knack within a few goes - and there are plenty of videos on YouTube to guide you if you need some local expertise...

Makes 24


1 x 397g tin of condensed milk

20g unsalted butter

3 tbsp cocoa powder


Line a small square baking tray (approx 18-20cm) with tin foil, making sure you press it neatly down into the edges to give sharp corners.

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over a medium heat.

Keep heating, stirring constantly, for around 10 minutes. You may need a whisk to get rid of any lumps of cocoa powder.

The mixture should start bubbling and thickening; you’ll know it’s ready when you can draw a line through the base of the pan and it takes a few seconds to flow back together.

Tip it into the prepared baking tray. Transfer to the fridge for at least an hour until the mixture is set.

Using a sharp, damp knife, cut it into squares and place each in a petit four case to serve. The bites are best refrigerated and will keep for a week.

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