Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

My parents traveled quite much because of work while I was growing up, and during the last 10 years, they both had the pleasure to visit Brazil. One thing that they always brought back with them was an instant mix to bake Pão de Queijo. This is a very chewy cheesy bread, that we all love. Last year, I went to São Paulo for a few days to work, and the supermarket that I went to on my only day to walk around the city, they had sold out on the instant mix! I’ve been looking for a recipe to prepare it… I finally found one!

Kitty

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

From Simply Recipes
Yield: 24 mini-muffins

Ingredients:
⅓ cup olive oil
⅔ cup milk
1 ½ cups tapioca flour, (yuca flour)
½ cup Queso Fresco, grated
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a mini-muffin tin.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and pulse until smooth. You may need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender so that everything gets blended well. At this point you can store the batter in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  3. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until all puffy and just lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for a few minutes.
  4. Eat while warm or save to reheat later.

Notes:

  • I’ve tested the recipe several times, and I’ve found that tastes great with Queso Fresco. You can substitute the ½ cup of Queso Fresco for ¼ cup of Parmesan Cheese and ¼ Mozarella Cheese, either way you get a great Pão de Queijo at the end!

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