Brazilian cheesy bread is also known as pão de queijo, and is a popular snack in Brazil. It is gluten-free, as it is made with tapioca flour instead of wheat flour thereby making it more suitable for people with celiac disease or allergic to gluten.
The origin of Brazilian cheesy bread is believed to have been originated from the African slaves who worked in the mines and plantations of Minas Gerais sometime in the 18th century. They used cassava root (also known as manioc or yuca) to make flour and cheese from the milk of their cows. They mixed these ingredients to make a simple, yet filling bread that would sustain them during the hard labor they endured. The recipe spread throughout Brazil over time, and became a national treat.
You can make Brazilian cheesy bread using 7 ingredients and 7 steps.
The ingredients needed to make Brazilian Cheesy Bread ( Pão De Queijo ) :
- 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
Steps to make Brazilian Cheesy Bread ( Pão De Queijo ):
- Combine salt, egg, milk, cheese, and oil in blender. Mix until smooth.
- Add 1/2 cup of tapioca flour. Mix on high until smooth.
- Keep adding 1/2 cup of tapioca flour at a time until it’s all mixed together.
- Grease mini muffin pan with butter.
- Pour mixture into mini pan filling halfway (optional to add extra cheese to top).
- Put it in the oven for 15 minutes or until they puff up and/or turn golden brown. ( CAUTION: adding extra cheese may not allow for a puffy top ).
- Let the pan set out and cool for 4-5 minutes and serve with ANYTHING!
Brazilian cheesy bread can be used as an appetizer, snack, or added to any meal! If you’re looking for a recipe for this to go with, try our Beef Rendang Slow Cooker Recipe. Enjoy!