Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo
Back in the day, my colleagues and I would go out for a holiday dinner at one of our local Brazilian Churrasco . You know the ones, where you sit down and the servers come out with delicious swords of beef, chicken, and pork? Lord we loved that place, and we often referred to it as a ‘meat faucet’. With that said, the servers would bring out these awesome cheese rolls, rice, and beans. The bread, the bread is all I have to say. I could have been happy just with the bread! If you never had these tender cheese rolls, well now is your chance. The ingredients are way too simple, and the real trick is to use tapioca flour.
I wish I would have made a double batch of these Pao de Queijo as once my kids got a hold of them, well they were pretty much gone in minutes.
Let’s get started.
- 1 1/2 cup Tapioca flour
- 1 whole egg, beaten
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
- cooking spray
- muffin tin
- grated parmesan cheese, optional
Trust me, it does not get any better than these cheese breads. If you want, you could brush a bit of garlic butter, a gentle brush and enhance them even more.
Start by preheating your oven to 360 degrees.
Next, spray the inside of your muffin tin with cooking spray.
Toss the ingredients inside of a mixing bowl, folding, and mixing until you have a nice batter. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes. If you have a mixer, with bread attachment, feel free to use it, on low-medium speed.
Once you have a nice batter, fill each muffin tin up to about half way, maybe 2-3 tablespoons of the batter.
Place the tray in the oven, and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is a nice light-golden brown. Carefully remove, and get ready to dig in.
Slip the Brazilian Cheese Bread out of the tins, place on a plate, grate with parmesan cheese (optional) and grab one really quickly, and watch them be gone in about 2 minutes.
Soft, warm, cheesey. Sounds like me in a couple of ways; at least the warm and cheesy part. Anyway, hunt for tapioca flour, and get this bread started. Next, figuring out where to find the meat sword!
Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy!