F1 Bake Off – Round 20 – Brazil

It’s the penultimate ‘bake off’ of the year, and this week I’ve chosen a super simple recipe for biscuits that will go down a treat whilst you’re watching this weekend’s race.

‘Biscoitos de maizena’ or cornflour cookies, because that’s what they’re made from.

They taste amazing and are gluten-free!

And they really are very easy to make. Five ingredients, chuck them (technical term) into a bowl and mix them together. What could go wrong??

Now, I’ll make a little confession I made these biscuits twice. The first time I used margarine and the cookies did not hold their shape when cooking, and they came out of the oven as one big rectangle. Oops!

I then made them again using butter, and they turned out much better. So, you really must use butter in the recipe, vegan margariine just doesn’t cut it!!!

The recipe I used was from the ‘What’s Cooking America?‘ website and here it is:

Biscoitos de maizena


  • 300g conrnflour
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 170g salted butter, at room temperature (otherwise it’s a nightmare to mix)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / 375 F / Gas MArk 5 / 170 C (Fan)
  2. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper, a silicon liner, foil or simply lightly grease it
  3. Put all the ingredients into a bowl
  4. If you are using a stand mixer set it on low speed until everything is combined
  5. If you are using a hand whisk, make sure you use the dough hooks, and mix on low speed until combined – this could take up to 20 minutes, so be warned
  6. Once combined, leave the dough to stand for about 10-15 minutes
  7. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls in the palm of your hand and place them on the baking tray
  8. Use the back of a fork to slightly flatten them and make grooves on the top of the biscuits
  9. Cook for 7-10 minutes in the centre of the oven
  10. When cooked, take out of the oven and leave to cool – NOTE, they will be very fragile when hot, so let them cool slightly on the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely

AND OH MY GOD, they are really tasty …

Here’s what they look like – 1st and 2nd attempt to prove that using butter is so much better …

1st attempt using vegan margarine
2nd attempt using butter

And here’s how I made them, see if you can spot when the video swaps from the first attempt to the second:

The very last Bake Off of 2019 will be back in two weeks time.

Here’s a question that needs answering though … should I conitnue with the bake off’s next year or do something completely different??

Let me know in the comments below.


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