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Strawberry Shortcake – Brazilian Style (Torta Gelada de Morangos)

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This Brazilian-style Strawberry Shortcake has a decadent layer of home-made condensed milk custard. Impossible to resist!

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Banana-Caramel Meringue Pie

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Dulce de Leche, bananas and meringue are a delicious and rich combination, but the lime zest adds a citrous bite and makes it irresistible! This pie is super easy and super delicious!!! Serve with vanilla ice cream on the side, if you wish. 

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Coconut Flan

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It takes only 5 ingredients to make this delcious South American delight. Simply delicious!

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Chocolate Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Sauce

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Passion fruit and chocolate is a classic combination in Brazilian cuisine, but this chocolate cheesecake has also an unexpected twist: vanilla balsamic! The passion fruit sauce adds a tropical touch to this decadent dessert.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Coconut Layer Cake (Bolo Prestigío para o Dia dos Namorados)

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I am not ashamed to say out loud that baking is not my forte in the kitchen. So for that reason, when I decide to get some baking done, I usually use a recipe from a 100% trustworthy source – usually a family member or a friend. This Chocolate and Coconut Layer Cake is a tried and true recipe from my Mom’s kitchen. It is a decadent, rich and delicious cake that my mom has made countless times for the last 20 years, especially for our birthday parties. Since it so rich and decadent, I decided to share it as my dessert suggestion for Valentine’s Day. Of course, I had to add a little color to make it suitable for the occasion (I thought that bright pink would be perfect)! Another great thing about this cake is that it just looks complicated, but it is not! The directions are easy!! The color combination sets the tone and the decorative heart on top took me only 2 minutes to make with a heart-shaped cookie cutter (see the pictures). Well, with all that extra time on your hands you can go get your nails done to look great for your Valentine. Enjoy!

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Salted Caramel and Guava Pie

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Guava and dulce de leche – or caramel – is another classic combination in Brazilian desserts. This easy pie recipe has also a touch of sea salt to break the richness of the caramel filling. Delicious at any time of the year!

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Pumpkin-Coconut Pie

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This one doesn't even need any whipping cream! So delicious!!!

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Pumpkin-Coconut Pie

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I have to confess I was never a huge fan of pumpkin pie. I remember the very first Thanksgiving I spent in the United States when I had my first bite of a pumpkin pie. With all respect to the traditions I have to say I was disappointed! Such a big deal around a dessert that was neither sweet or savory.So I decided to incorporate a little Brazilian twist to the classic: coconut! Pumpkin and coconut is a very traditional pair in desserts in Brazil, so I thought: “Why not?” I made it in two layers to make a more interesting presentation; I made it sweeter so there is no need for whipping cream; and I used all fresh ingredients to heighten the flavors while still keeping the method really simple - it’s a busy time, we all need easy recipes! So my decadent “Pumpkin-Coconut Pie” was born and quickly became one of my most popular recipes ever. 

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Coconut Balls (Beijinho de Côco)

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This recipe is a favorite at birthday parties in Brazil!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Filling

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The passion fruit filling breaks and compliments the richness of the chocolate. Passion fruit and chocolate is a very well known - and happy - combination of flavors in Brazilian desserts.

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Brigadeiro – Brazilian Chocolate Bonbon

Brigadeiro is one of the most beloved sweets in Brazil. Easy to make and very popular in birthday parties, kids and adults love it! Creamy in the inside and crunchy in the outside, this bonbon is sometimes called Brazilian truffle and it is a must-try for chocolate lovers.

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Cheese Flan with Guava Sauce (Pudim Romeu e Julieta)

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Guava and cheese is a classic Brazilian dessert combination. They call it “Romeu e Julieta” (Romeo and Juliette) because it’s like they were made for each other! 

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Flan – the Brazilian Classic Recipe (Pudim de Leite Condensado)

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This dessert has so many different names (flan, pudim, custard, crème caramel, quesillo) depending on the country, but all recipes are similar. This is the Brazilian classic version and it is a little sweeter than the other ones. This recpe and method was tought to me by my mom and it is by far the best flan I have I ever had! Serve it with fresh berries and whipped cream or just by itself!

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Guava and Cheese Mousse

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My sister, Karen, passed me down this recipe. It is so easy to make and so tasty!

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Honey-Vanilla Grilled Peaches

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This is a very easy (and delicious) dessert! But if you don’t have a grill you can make it in the oven.

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Strawberry Aspic

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The texture of this dessert is heavenly light, and the presentation is elegant in a very old-fashioned way – aspic is a traditional French dessert that has been around for decades. So if you have not tried it yet, it’s about time!

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Lime, Chocolate, and Raspberry Pavé

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This dessert is a cominations of two classics: cheesecake (from the US), and pavé (from Brazil.)

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Dulce de Monkey

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This dessert is a twist on a family recipe passed along to me by my cousin Marcia.

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