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So you wanna cook Brasilian Food?

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Ok, so I told myself when I started this blog I’d put down all the recipes I found and take pictures.  Lo an behold a year and a half later, even though I’ve made a ton of things from scratch, and some quite regularly (Stroganoff) I haven’t really been super great about doing this.  Well imagine my sheer joy when I found Kitchen Corners.  One because she’s all about cooking and lives in Bahia currently, and two because she had a recipe up for Passion Fruit/Maracuja/Lilikoi bars.  MMM mmm yumm~!

I can attest they are delicious. Especially because by the time I finished making the bars everyone in the house (but me) got sick , and no one but me felt like eating.  My poor husband can only look on sadly and wish he felt like eating these golden goodies.

Here is how my bars turned out (not as lovely looking as hers, but lovely still the same.

The crust is cripsy, caramel, crunchiness.  The fruit layer perfectly tart and creamy.  My oven sucks, so I ended up cooking the whole thing for 45 minutes instead of 35 like the recipe said, and still think the center was a bit soft.  I also only used a stick of butter (220 grams), which isn’t quite a half pound (like I was going to measure that out).  Seriously, I will NEVER make lemon bars again.  These are perfect.

But this post isn’t just about Maracuja Bars, this is about all of the other great Brasilian recipes she’s got up on her site.    They are good staple Brasilian dishes like pao de quiejo, coxinha, Brasilian lasagna, feijao, etc.  All in English, with photos, and using cups and oz and tsps.   Seriously, when I first moved here I made coxinha, and the only English recipe I could find wasn’t helpful or looked that Brasilian delish, and the Brasilian one while it looked yummier, was harder for me to follow (obvious reasons).  The recipe on her site is clear, and has photos of what each stage of the time consuming process looks like.

So go visit the site, and at the very least make your self some of these yummy bars.

Receita: Coca Cola Bolo

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So this is a Southern Recipe, pinned on my pinterest feed that I just had to try. Photos via the link.  All I have are the AFTER photos.

I’m surprised this cake isn’t already here in Brazil, considering they lovey gooey cakes, and they love chocolate, and they love Coca Cola.  You would think it would already be here right? But no it’s not. Our baba thinks I’m the coolest American around right now, because well it’s chocolate and Coca Cola cake, but I also let her take down some for the other baba’s … they all thought she snuck it out of the house and were worried for here. HAHA they all think she’s like the worst baba around it’s hilarious (all my fault of course).  She wants to know if I’m just super cool or if all Americans are as laid back as I am.  There’s not a whole lot of interaction between the maids/babas here and the ladies of the homes in a personal way.  See because I’m pretty much useless in Portuguese I spend most of my day talking to the people at the grocery store, or the feira, or the babas because A. I’m home all day and it’s not like their mom’s ever descend to play with the kids B. I think I probably sound like an uneducated dolt and C. Unlike most Brazilian women, I’m from Hawaii and tend to take a pretty laid back attitude toward how I get ready most days… so people probably think I’m the hired help as it is.. I live in Havaianas.

Preheat oven to 350 F (~180 C), and grease a a 9×13 (or so) pan.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking powder (fermento em pó)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (canela em pó)

In a saucepan over medium high heat stir this up good until it boils:

More Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (a little over 200 g, I’m too lazy to get it exact as the sticks here are 200g)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (1/2 Tbsp vinegar with a half cup a milk let sit for 5 minutes)

Now take off heat and add that to the flour mix & whisk until combined.

Then add:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (brought back from my last trip to the US, I won’t use the fake stuff here)

Mix it some more, and pour into the pan.

Bake it for about 30 minutes.

When cake is nearly done make the glaze by mixing in saucepan:

  • 1/2 cup butter (just over 100 grams)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coca cola
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Add butter, cocoa, and coca cola. Once the butter is melted, everything is mixed, and it begins to boil, remove and slowly stir in confectioners’ sugar until nice and smooth.

Once cake is done and out of oven (toothpick should come out clean, even if top still looks glassy), pour this warm glaze right over the top of the hot cake!