Sunday, August 7, 2016

Brazilian Corn Cookies (Broinhas) #SundaySupper

I have always loved corn. Whether it was peak-of summer cobs bought from the roadside stand on the way up to our sailboat on Georgian Bay, or a can reheated by Grandma on a night my sister and I slept over, there is something undeniably addictive about the sweet kernels. Around here, when you get prime-season peaches and cream corn, it tastes like it's been soaked in butter even if the block has never been out of the fridge. A few years back, I started salt-water soaking and grilling cobs in their husks with just a pinch of smoked paprika, and that sweet-savoury richness naturally present in the golden grains intensifies ten fold.

While corn season is pitifully short up here in the Toronto area, you can bet we get our fill while its here - especially since the price drops like a stone (last time I looked it was like 10 cents a cob at the market). Where I live, I'm fortunate enough to live close to a farm that flash-freezes all their extra produce (as well as some from surrounding producers), making a bag of frozen berries, beans, peaches or corn taste just as delectable in Winter as it did during that one week it was perfect in the field. I tell you, spreading out some frozen kernels on a baking sheet and broiling them until just so slightly blistered turns starchy vegetable into dinner-worthy candy!

Broinhas (Brazilian Corn Cookies)

Obviously, my normal method of indulging in this Summer staple is via the simple, savoury kitchen. I'm not about to change that passion regarding the "whole" form of the produce, but there are plenty of other ways I utilize corn products in cooking! I keep a decent stash of "plain" corn flour, cornstarch, dextrose (corn sugar), polenta and fine-milled cornmeal in the pantry, and when I discovered this Brazilian recipe a few weeks ago I thought it would be perfect for this #SundaySupper. Not only did the "corn" ingredient fit the theme, but with the Rio Olympics having kicked off this past Friday these little "golden" medallions look right at home on a viewing-party tray! While they're 100% gluten free, these buttery cookies are relatively easy to shape and have a perfect balance of "melt-in-your-mouth" and "sandy" textures. A touch of finely shredded coconut adds a touch of tropical flair, but if you're not a fan (or are allergic like me) leaving it (and the extract) out is no big deal. Either way, they're a hit with kids (and kids at heart) alike!




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Brazilian Corn Cookies (Broinhas)
Makes 26
½ cup salted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 egg
½ tsp coconut extract
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup yellow corn flour
½ cup rice flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup finely shredded, unsweetened coconut
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well blended.
  3. Add the egg, coconut extract and vanilla extract and beat well.
  4. Add the corn flour, rice flour, cornstarch, baking powder and coconut and mix to form a dough.
  5. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 26 pieces, roll into balls and place on the baking sheets.
  7. Flatten the balls gently with the palm of your hand.
  8. Bake at for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on the baking sheets.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 91.7
Total Fat: 4.4 g
Cholesterol: 16.7 mg
Sodium: 28.7 mg
Total Carbs: 12.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 0.8 g

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