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Chocolate Pave
Paula DaSilva's Chocolate Pave
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Make a creamy, chocolaty Brazilian dessert called chocolate pave, courtesy of chef Paula DaSilva.


    • 1 cup milk
    • 3 teaspoons vanilla
    • 3 teaspoons brandy
    • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 cup evaporated milk
    • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 30-40 cookies (I use Maria cookies. You can use lady fingers or graham crackers)
    • Shredded coconut, to taste


Brazilian flan versus chocolate pave Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

In a bowl, combine the milk, vanilla and brandy and set aside. In a blender, blend the condensed milk, evaporated milk, cocoa powder and lemon juice for 3 minutes.

Brazilian flan versus chocolate pave Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

One by one, dip the cookies into the milk mixture until they have absorbed the liquid, then line the bottom and sides of a baking dish or cake pan with a single layer of the cookies.

Pour one third of the blended mixture over the cookie layer. Repeat the dipping and layering steps, finishing with a small layer of the mixture on top (you should have enough cookies for about 3 layers of cookies). Garnish the top of the pave with coconut and refrigerate for 4 hours. Slice and serve.