Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pao De Queijo)
My boyfriend, Matt, has been living overseas in Brazil for work, so I travel there pretty frequently. Brazil is widely known for its meats, steak, sausage, etc, but one thing that it's not as widely known for is this amazing cheese bread, called Pao De Queijo in Portuguese, which you will see everywhere if you visit Brazil. I'm a big fan of cheese and bread, so naturally I got addicted to eating this stuff overseas, and I just had to find a way to make it myself in the U.S. (because it's not easy to find here unless you have a local Brazilian baker!)
Pao De Queijo is pretty easy to make (at least the way I make it is!) and it's characterized by an outer crust and a soft, chewy, cheesy interior. These little breads are best when eaten straight out of the oven. Since I typically don't like to make the entire batch at the one time, (I can only eat so much cheesy bread!) what I usually do is make the amount I want to serve that day, then I form the rest of the dough into balls on a cookie sheet, freeze for about an hour or so, and then throw the frozen dough balls into a plastic bag and store it in my freezer. Then, whenever I want fresh cheesy bread, I just pop them into the oven (400 degrees, 20 mins) and then I have fresh cheesy bread! This is great when you have last minute guests and need a quick appetizer or a quick side for dinner/soup, etc.
This cheesy bread recipe is adapted from the blog, Chef in Disguise. Find the original here!
Recipe: Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao De Queijo)
- 4 Cups Tapioca Flour (I use this kind from Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 3 Cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1 Egg
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the milk, butter and salt to a pot and bring it to a boil.
While the milk mixture is heating up, measure out your four cups of tapioca flour and put it into a large bowl.
Once the milk mixture has come to a boil, take it off the heat and pour it over the top of the flour.
Use a fork to start combining the liquid with the flour. Try to get it as thoroughly combined as possible, though it won't be a dough yet, just a clumpy mixture. Like this:
Now, add the grated cheese to the bowl and use your hands to knead it into the flour mixture and get everything combined.
Next, beat one egg in a separate small bowl. Once the egg is beaten, pour that into the bowl with the flour mixture and continue to knead with your hands until the mixture forms a dough. Keep kneading until it has formed a dough and is well combined.
Then, form the dough into small, bite-sized balls, (about the size of a ping pong ball, or maybe even a bit smaller) and space them out on a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-23 minutes. They should be slightly browned on the bottom.
Give them about 5 mins to cool and then dig in!