Biscoitos de maizena (take 2)


biscoitos de maizena (take 2)

If Candi is also jumping on the maizena band wagon I can’t NOT (can you have a double negative in English? I am not sure!) blog the second experiment with maizena biscuits which I promised you. The ones only using  maizena flour, remember? The advantage of this version is that they can be enjoyed by gluten intolerant people. I must say this 100% maizena flour variety is every bit as nice as the previous one and certainly as easy to make, if not easier. I particularly like their yellowish colour and their slightly coarser  texture, (because of the maizena flour which basically resembles polenta, only finer). I reduced the amount of butter and sugar the recipe suggested but even then I confess there is quite a lot of both in them. Oh well!   You only need to have ONE with your tea or coffee. It won’t send your cholesterol levels sky high, surely! By the way, while surfing the net I discovered that they use a lot of maizena flour in South America and in fact I found a similar Spanish version called alfajores. They are basically the same but they are sandwiched and brushed with dulche de leche (which is a very thick condensed milk) and then rolled in dessiccated coconut. Oh mamma! A bit too sweet for my taste! In case you are wondering the “groovy” appearance is achieved by pressing a fork on the biscuits before they are baked.


240 gr. maizena flour

120 gr. soft butter (175 gr. in original recipe)

150 gr. sugar (200 gr. in original recipe)

1 egg

a few drops vanilla essence

a pinch of salt

grated zest of 1 lemon (I added this to the original recipe)


Whiz all the ingredients in a food processor until a ball is formed. Let it rest for 20 minutes in the fridge. When you are ready to bake make some small balls with your hands and place on a baking tray. Press a fork on top  each one and  flatten them. Bake at 190 degrees for approx. 10-15 minutes (depending on size of biscuits/oven). They are cooked when they start turning golden.

ready to be put in the oven



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