Brazilian cheese bread (called Pao de Queijo which means bread of cheese), is a chewy bread ball that is seriously addicting if you like chewy foods. The great thing is, they are super easy to make.
I found a recipe on allrecipes that I tried out recently. They came out perfectly. Chewy, cheesy, yummy goodness.
They remind me a lot like mochi, which is probably why I like them so much. The main ingredient is a tapioca starch flour which is what makes them so chewy.
These are perfect for an appetizer, to bring to a potluck, or to have as an afternoon snack. The one problem is that they don’t keep well, so I wouldn’t recommending making too many at a time.
Recipe: Brazilian Cheese bread
(adapted from recipe found here)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups tapioca flour
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Pour oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan, and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour until smooth. Set aside to let the mixture cool for a few minutes (you want the mixture to still be warm but not too hot because you don’t want to cook the eggs you will be adding in).
- Stir the cheese and eggs into the tapioca mixture until well combined. Roll batter between your palms and drop balls of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in preheated oven until the bread turns golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Best served warm.