Today, Day 126 in my attempt to immerse myself in my new culture, I made a pavê – a Brazilian dessert that kind of resembles a tiramisu. Since this was going to involve a number of different elements, I had my husband help me.
He we decided to use a recipe straight from his head instead of one readily available on the internet or on the box of biscoito champanhe, the cookies used in the dessert. Like usual, this involved a lot of throwing things in randomly. I made some measurements but in the end, I’m just not sure exactly how it all came together. But here is a visual representation of how it went down:
This was 1 cup milk + 1 cup water + 1/4 cup corn syrup + 1/2 tsp almond extract + some cinnamon + 3 cloves + ginger heated up. This is mixture #1 which was to be used to soak the cookies.
This was 1T unsalted butter (ok, we didn’t have butter so we used canola oil instead but he wanted me to write down butter) + one can condensed milk (395g Moça) + some lime juice + some almonds. This was heated up and stirred continuously because it is sticky and can get stuck to the bottom and burn. We heated this up until it was thick enough to pull apart from the bottom of the pan. This is one of the layers in the dessert.
The other pan is one box creme de leite (200g) + 5 Tbs unsweetened chocolate powder + some more cinnamon. This is also heated up for awhile.
Finally, you soak the cookies in mixture #1 and layer everything…
…until it looks kind of like this (not like any of the pictures I’ve seen of pavê).
Then you scrape chocolate over the top with a semi-dangerous cheese knife.
Then you put it in the freezer for one hour (because you are supposed to put it in the refrigerator for two hours but we do things more efficiently around here…)
Technically we made a pavê de chocolate, nuts and condensed milk. You’ll have a hard time finding a recipe for that, so here is one you may want to use if you decide to make a pavê:
So now we are waiting by the freezer for it to be ready to taste. I’m certain it is going to be delicious. I’ll let you know…
UPDATE: DELICIOUS!! MADE UP RECIPES ARE GOOD!