As a kid, Marianna Vieira's fondest memories were sleepovers at her aunt's house. Her aunt, who was single at the time, would set the alarm clock for two or three in the morning. She'd wake up Vieira and whichever friend was with her; they'd run into the kitchen to make brigadeiro, a simple Brazilian dessert made from sweetened condensed milk that's kind of like a mix between a caramel and a truffle. While the sweet treats were cooling, the girls would make prank calls to unsuspecting (usually sleeping) strangers. "We would have a little adventure making brigadeiro," says Vieira. "She was so famous with my friends."
All photos by Luciana Golcman
A Brazilian-trained pastry chef, Vieira is now making her own brigadeiro memories with her appropriately titled company Brigadeiro Bakery (156 Sullivan Street), which is preparing to open its first storefront next month.More »