Caramelized cheese dessert / Ameixinha de queijo
Mum’s favourite sweet treat and a must have recipe.
This is the first time I made it myself, very simple and a real treat! But first, I had to watch the master prepare it in front of me so I could take notes 🙂 I really enjoy cooking with my mother and or watching her cook and during our holidays to Brazil this past holiday season I could not resist and it did not take much persuasion to get mum to share her favourite ameixinha de queijo recipe!
- Cheese doughs;
- 500 gr cured white farm cheese / finely grated
- 2 Tbs of plain white flour
- 2 Tbs caster sugar
- 4x medium eggs
- 500gr Caster sugar
- 2 cups of water
- Using a large bowl, add the cheese , flour and sugar and gradually add the eggs.
- Mix all the ingredients, use your hands to make sure they are well mixed.
- The mixture can't be too soft and or too hard, if the mixture is too wet, add a bit more flour.
- With a wet palm, roll the mixture into little balls. Do make them small, they will grow a bit when cooking!
- Leave it to rest.
- Start preparing a light syrup with the 500gr of granulated sugar and water.
- When the mixture reaches boiling point, turn down the heat.
- Slowly, star adding the ameixinhas (cheese doughs) one by one, make sure there is sufficient syrup to cover all the ameixinhas.
- Cook for about 30 to 45 minutes until they are golden in colour, gently turning them halfway from time to time.
- Make sure they are cooked and let cool.
- Keep an eye on the syrup, add more water to keep the syrup light and preventing it from turning into a thick caramel.
- Store in a glass jam style container with the syrup, best served cold
- Make sure you prepare the doughs small in size, they will swell when boiling.
- Personal preference when serving, add a little bit of cinnamon powder to enhance the flavour!