In this month's Brazilian-themed Kitchen Trotter box, we discovered Paçoquinha which is a sweet, crumbly, peanut-flavoured treat made with manioc flour that Brazilian children apparently love.
It comes in individually wrapped little squares that can be eaten in one bite - you have to or it crumbles everywhere ! You can also crumble them over ice cream.
We loved the sweet peanut flavour, similar to peanut butter or the inside of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, so I decided to go and look for a recipe.
Here's the most UK-friendly version that I could come up with, based on various recipes that I found online :
1 & 1/2 cup peanuts, toasted & lightly salted
1 & 1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup manioc flour (you should be able to find it in Asian supermarkets but you could use cornflour if you can't get hold of it)
pinch of salt
1/4 cup condensed milk
Blitz the peanuts with the sugar, salt, and manioc flour in a food processor until it looks like sand. Add a tablespoon of condensed milk and blitz for a further 30 seconds. Check if mixture is starting to come together by pressing some into a ball with your fingers. If it is still too crumbly, add more condensed milk and process again.
Press into a shallow tin lined with baking parchment and press down firmly, then cut into squares, or roll into balls.
That's it ! The only tricky thing about this recipe is finding some manioc flour to use !
Linking up with the Food of the World challenge which is focusing on Brazilian food this month
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