A classic Brazilian Christmas treat, this walnut candy (Camafeu de Nozes in Portuguese) will bring joy to your holiday table! And the best part? You’ll only need 5 ingredients!
This post is sponsored by Nuts.com but my rate will be donated to a local food pantry.
Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Holidays if you don’t celebrate Christmas.) I hope y’all are having a wonderful time among loved ones.
We had family and friends over for Christmas Eve yesterday – following Brazilian traditions – and it was beyond special. Great food and even better company!
Today we are having a quiet day at home, opening gifts from Santa and just enjoying our little girl’s first Christmas. I just cannot express how happy I am right now. Everything feels right and my heart is overflowing with joy and love!
And since it’s Christmas and I’m already feeling so joyful, I decided to share a special recipe here on the blog. A classic Brazilian Christmas delicacy: Camafeu de Nozes.
It took me a while to figure out a name for it in English. Bonbon? Truffle? Candy? Nothing feels quite right! I settled for “walnut candy”, but you can call them whatever you want.
If you’re not familiar with it, this walnut candy consists of a rich walnut paste covered in fondant icing. Simple but very delicious and a hit at special parties, like weddings and Christmas/New Year’s Eve.
Although really popular in Brazil, it is a culinary contribution from the Portuguese. The name “camafeu” is inspired by its shape and the resemblance with cameo (camafeu) jewelry.
They are usually served in oval bonbon cups, but I couldn’t find any here in the US, so mine are looking quite rustic! Maybe I’ll reshoot these photos once I get my hands on those fancy cute cups, but for now you’ll have to take my word that these are amazingly delicious despite their homemade appearance.
You probably already figured out that the walnuts are the stars of the show here! They are one of my favorite nuts and are a must during the holidays.
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Now, it might be a little too late to have these walnut candies for Christmas, but you should totally do them for New Year’s Eve (or any other major festivities, like birthdays, baby showers, Easter or Mother’s Day).
Because who doesn’t want to enter the New Year eating jewelry inspired treats? :)
- 7 ounces walnuts, plus more to decorate
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweet condensed milk
- 4 cups confectioners sugar, swifted
- About 1/3 cup milk
- One teaspoon lime juice
- Butter to grease your hands
Keep glaze in the double boiler at all times, or it will harden.If you find that the fondant glaze is getting too thick after a while, feel free to use some more milk to thin it out. If you find that it got too runny, you can add a bit of confectioner's sugar to thicken it up.
The walnut candies will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for a couple of months.