Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grocery Store Bakery

One of the things Brazil does oh-so-right is fresh baked rolls. A typical Brazilian breakfast and afternoon snack is coffee and bread. So Brazil took the idea and ran with it. You can find a million variations of bread at any of a dozen bakeries on one block. Coconut bread, sweet bread, cinnamon bread, bread with a sweet swirl in it and topped with a cherry, french bread, whatever. Personally, I'm addicted to the boring old french bread rolls aka pão francês or pão de sal (french bread / salt bread), which I snatch up the minute the stores open in the morning. I prefer the slightly burnt rolls, which have the most satisfying crunch to them. Sidenote: my father-in-law was a baker, so my husband is a defacto bread expert - by his own admission. If there was ever a bread making competition, I'm sure my husband would demand to be the head judge.

Another thing you can find at the bakeries are, wait for it, baked goods! I haven't tried many of these desserts and snacks because honestly, I find most bakery items to be too sugary for my taste. I would feel more than comfortable betting on every one of these items containing a massive amount of leite condensado. And if you've never had leite condensado, let me tell you, it's fucking sweet. Dentists should give out cans of it instead of stickers, that way they can skip fillings and go right to the more expensive crowns. Cha-ching! But seriously, we've bought those "donuts" before and they're basically hard breads covered in chocolate and filled with leite condensado. Um, I'm happy not having to monitor my blood sugar levels every day... thanks. The little chocolate balls covered in chocolate sprinkles though? Those are called brigadeiros (translation: brigadier). They're made with leite condensado (HAHA, who would have guessed?) and chocolate and are more or less balls of fudge rolled in sprinkles. They're also tiny, about the size of the tip of your thumb. So brigadeiros and I are on very friendly terms.

One day when I'm feeling especially rich and masochistic, I'll buy one of everything and review them here. I might have to bring some friends over to help, because there's no way I can consume all of that by myself. But that day is not today, so stay tuned!


  1. I am not a fan of fudge, so brigadeiros and beijinhos are not my favorite. But yes, I agree about the yummy pão francês which has nothing French about it! :) (I've heard they call it pão de água in some regions too)

    1. Something about "water bread" sounds incredibly unappealing.