Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)

    1 hour 15 min

    These moreish cheese bread bites are a favourite in Brazil, and just happen to be gluten free. Easy and delicious!

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    Serves: 10 

    • 300ml milk
    • 150ml vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 500g tapioca flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 250g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a baking tray.
    2. Bring the milk, oil and salt to the boil in a medium saucepan.
    3. As soon as it starts boiling, add the tapioca flour all at once. Stir constantly until it forms a dough that pulls away from the sides of the pan.
    4. Remove from heat and let the dough cool.
    5. Mix in eggs one at a time, and then mix in all of the cheese.
    6. With greased hands, shape small balls and place on the prepared baking tray, leaving some space between them.
    7. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Serve warm.

    Gluten free tip

    To keep these delicious morsels gluten free, ensure you also use tapioca flour to dust the baking tray.


    Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)
    Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)

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    Reviews in English (6)


    We made these for the office during World Cup and everyone loved them. Not one left.  -  20 Jun 2014


    Excellent!! This method renders a soft, gooey bread roll. Just the right amount of flavor too. I made three different batches to try different types of flours. Regular tapioca was a bit bland compared to fermented flavor of cassava flour. I also made a small batch with sweet rice flour. The flavor was good. The texture was gummier but still pleasant. Thank you for this recipe.  -  28 Jul 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    It was a good recipe THANKS!!!  -  09 Oct 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)