Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.
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Pao de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Puffs – Tasty Tuesdays Linky

When I reviewed the recipes for last week’s International Recipes to Get You in the Olympic Spirit I noticed a dearth of recipes from South America. And with Brazil being the host country this year, I found this to be unacceptable. I need to start exploring the fabulous flavors of this continent. A quick search on Yummly gave me quite a few recipes to try, but I knew this Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs) had to be first.

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.

These mini muffins are so simple to make and adapt to your family’s taste. The only tricky ingredient is the tapioca flour. Yes, the same tapioca used to make pudding. Tapioca is made from cassava, a plant indigenous to South America that made its way to Asia (particularly South East Asia) and you can find it used in both cuisines. To find the flour in the US, check the Asian or gluten free sections of your grocery store or a specialty Asian market. Or use our affiliate link and order it on Amazon here.


There were plenty of different variations for this recipe, but I went with the dump it in the blender, pour and bake method.

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.

For the cheese, I went with Parmesan. But, I may pick up some Queso Fresco next time to be a little closer to what is probably made in Brazil.

Pao de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread

Serves20
Prep time5 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time25 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Bread
Website Simply Recipes
Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (Parmesan, Queso Fresco, Farmer's Cheese, etc.)
  • pinch salt (more or less depending on salt in the cheese.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil (or spray with cooking spray) a mini muffin pan (preferably two if you have them).
Put all ingredients in the blender and pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed.
Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.
Pour into mini muffin pan almost to the top.
Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Brazilian Cheese Bread - simple gluten free bread made with tapioca flour and cheese.
Bake until browned, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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