Thought I’d share these with you in case you want a little “Taste of Brazil!” Sadly I didn’t take any photos of the finished products… you’ll just have to try them and see for yourself! :)
Bolo de Cenoura (Carrot Cake)
This is NOT your typical carrot cake! In fact, it tastes nothing like what I consider a North American carrot cake to taste like. As long as you have a blender or food processor, it’s quite a bit easier to make – no carrot grating! Brazilians always make a chocolate icing to top it off, rather than our standard cream cheese. Here’s the recipe I followed. I probably made some adjustments – whole wheat flower, less sugar, etc – you can play with it however you like!
Pão de Queijo (Cheese Bread)
I haven’t actually made this since being in Brazil because you can buy it fresh on every corner, but I did make it a couple of times in Canada. You need tapioca flour which you can buy at well.ca. It’s so amazingly yummy, and gluten free! They sell them frozen here and they taste like little balls of cheesy heaven when you eat them straight out of the oven. Here’s a recipe.
Bolinho de Arroz (Little Rice Balls)
Brazilians make a lot of rice and beans. It’s kind of their staple, and it has become our family’s as well. It’s just so easy and fast to put on a pot of rice and pressure cooker with beans. But sometimes you make too much rice and you’re not too sure what to do with the leftovers… little rice balls are the answer! So yummy. Recipe here.