Saturday, August 13, 2011
My next experiment was for a little Brazilian cookie made with what we call Masa Harina de Maiz here in the Southwest. It's the corn flour used to make tortillas and all sorts of other dishes. I have to admit the cookie was interesting. Sort of like eating a really sweet cornbread in a cookie form! However, I had trouble wrapping my mind around people gobbling these up with coffee or dipping them in chocolate. So, I decided to reach out to my sister-in-law, Jan Costa who spends a lot of time with her husband and his family in Rio. Jan assures me the cookie I was attempting is delicious and she loves to get them at the farmer's markets in Rio. I still am not convinced the recipe I had was correct so I'm awaiting the real deal from her mother-in-law's cookbook! We'll revisit after I hear from the kind folks in Rio! (Olá, Cecelia! Obrigado pela ajuda!)
So, in the meantime and while awaiting the start of the Packers vs. Browns, I decided to whip up my own little recipe. I had lemon I wanted to use and also some coconut that I had let dry out thinking I might do an English tea cookie. Seeing both in the pantry I decided to combine them because nothing makes me happier than lemon AND coconut!
This turned out a great little cookie. I love the big hit of lemon flavor that is almost like a lemonade taste in the cookie. Combined with the subtle coconut flavor it is delicious! The use of pulverized coconut in place of some of the flour in this recipe also turns our a really chewy (in a good way) cookie - reminiscent of a coconut macaroon in some ways. I'm going to be hard put not to eat all of these while watching the game and waiting for Michael to get home from work!