I mentioned before that there are many bakeries in the area of Sao Paulo where I live. There are many different types of sweet treats. One little candy that is tasty and satisfying is Brazilian Peanut Candy (Pé de moleque).
For the record, the translation from Portuguese to English is NOT peanut candy…that is just me. It literally translates to mean “a tomboy’s foot” or my husband says just “a child’s foot”.
Ummmm…… That just sounds all wrong when I am trying to build up how yummy and delicious this candy is. Right, can you imagine?
So please. Go with it. Refer to this as Brazilian Peanut candy:)
The candy is made with condensed milk and sugar. Then cooked a pretty long time until the sugar and condensed milk turns into a very thick caramel but not a gooey caramel. It is good stuff.
Remember those chocolate no bake cookies you ate as a kid? Or maybe you still do eat those cookies, lol, guilty on this end. The texture of these candies will be somewhat like no bake cookies that have set up really well.
Except, you cook these candies a lot longer than no-bake cookies. Just letting you know this is not like peanut brittle in any way shape or form. These are much softer.
These are such a popular treat that several grocery stores we frequent have large displays featuring the ingredients of this candy for purchase, along with World Cup banners and such.
The Brazilian national team plays this afternoon here again. I am certain that this treat will be served to many Brazilians today. Most businesses will shut down completely at 2 P.M. here and all that will be heard is the loud honking of the little horns sold for World Cup (remember them in Africa)? They are heard at least two hours Before AND After a game that Brazil plays where I live in Sao Paulo.
Have you been following World Cup games?
Try Brazilian Peanut candy. You can’t really use a candy thermometer to make the candy (the peanuts just are too dense). But I promise, the lack of a thermometer will not be a problem.
I can walk you through it.
Here’s the recipe.
Brazilian Peanut Candy (Pé de moleque)
1 can condensed milk
1 lb. UNSALTED (has to be unsalted) Spanish Peanuts
2 cups sugar
1 T. Baking Powder
1/4 cup water
1. Add the sugar, water and baking powder to a medium-large sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Stir for a minute or so and add the nuts.
2. Keep stirring (I use a wooden spoon which is helpful later) and cook between 8-10 minutes until it starts to look really grainy.
Here is what it will look like.
3. When grainy, add all the condensed milk.
4. Continue stirring 15 – 20 minutes. When it is finished, use the wooden spoon and test. Scoop up some of the candy and shake it upside down. If it is hard to shake off the spoon, it is finished.
5. Quickly remove from heat. It helps if you have two people here. Drop by spoonful to baking trays that are very lightly oiled.
6. Most likely the candy on the bottom will be stuck.
7. If it is, add just a T. or 2 of water quickly and stir over heat for just a few seconds and then drop the remaining candy.
8. It will be hard and ready to eat as soon as it is cool to touch.
Enjoy! by Rachel