We have a spunky reader who has been asking for me to post a Brazilian dessert recipe forever. In fact, I think she made the request before we even started blogging. That is how on top of it she is. And she has been completely delightful in not letting me forget her request.
Well. Here you go. Chocolate Pave.
Pave (pa-vay) is a dessert with layers of cookies and chocolate whipped cream custard topped with dulce de leche.
I first made this dish for The Strong Man. I think it is so special to be able to create a dish for somebody that is meaningful for them. Shawna talked about this type of love in The Individual is the Heart of Value.
I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but many years ago The Strong Man tilted his head to one side and stared off into the distance and began telling me about a dessert he had eaten in Brazil called pave. I don’t remember how he described it exactly, but I do remember thinking, “I’m going to figure out how to make that.” I have done that with a lot of Brazilian dishes (some more successfully than others.) But the internet makes this job quite a bit easier. I would not have even known where to start.
I found a recipe and followed it. The Strong Man was thrilled! He said it was pretty close to what he had eaten there. The recipe needed a little tweaking, to make it work consistently. But I think I’ve got it now.
The recipe uses Maria cookies which are little tubes of cookies that taste a lot like animal crackers. They are found in the Mexican or Latin food aisles.
You can also omit the cocoa powder and end up with a vanilla version of this dessert.Both are pretty delicious!
Denise, I hope you enjoy this recipe!