How to Make Brazilian Cheese Bread

August 13, 2016

Pão de Queijo or Brazilian cheese bread is my absolute favorite snack.  My grandmother used to make batches for myself and my cousins.  We would swarm around the table and the bite size piping hot bread would be gone in minutes.  This was also the same recipe that lured my boyfriend (now husband) into the kitchen as a way to get to know my family and Brazilian culture.  The 2016 Summer Olympic games would be remiss if we didn't bake a batch ourselves to celebrate these world class athletes.  The key ingredient to the bread's unique texture is tapioca starch.  You can purchase this gluten-free flour online or Latin foods market.  Also, I prefer to use a drier cheese, like parmesan, when preparing this cheese bread.

Pão de Queijo
Makes about 22-24 cheese breads

1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
3/4 cup milk
1/3 canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese (or more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
Mini cupcake pan

For full recipe instructions, watch the video below:

 

 

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