Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Pao de Queijo)

    40 min

    This savoury little gluten-free snack is a perfect starter or party food. I'm borrowing this recipe from my Brazilian friend Crislei who is so kind enough to share this foolproof recipe.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 60ml rapeseed oil
    • 60ml water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 135g tapioca flour
    • 1 egg
    • 5 tablespoons natural yoghurt
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 50g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 230 C / Gas mark 8.
    2. Combine the oil, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Place the tapioca flour in a metal bowl; pour the oil and water mixture over the tapioca; mix thoroughly. Beat in the egg. Stir in the yoghurt, Parmesan and mozzarella. Pour the mixture into mini-muffin tins.
    3. Place on middle rack of the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Bake until slightly golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

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    It's not corn starch but tapioca starch that is used in this recipe. That will make a big difference in the taste and texture.  -  12 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am Brazilian and I tweeked this recipe to make it easier and less fat. I added only 1/2 tsp of salt. I used no fat greek yogurt and Low Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese. I did NOT use water and I did not boil anything. I simply mixed all the ingredients. The trick to make it puff is to really knead it. Without water it makes a very thick dough that you can knead some more and then roll into little balls. It takes only 15 minutes baking on a greased baking sheet. Do not let it brown.  -  25 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are a great base - although eaten strictly as made, they are also yummy and cheesey. I'll be adding some spices to zest them up next time, but it's a keeper. I don't understand other reviewers who use the wrong ingredients and then give the recipe a poor rating when things don't turn out right. Tapioca flour (tapioca starch) is readily available in pretty much every grocery store.  -  13 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)