What is Pão De Queijo?
Pão de queijo is a very popular Brazilian food. It is, in essence, a baked cheese bread/ball.
Its not your average piece of bread, nor is it anything like a mozzarella stick.
It is both soft and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is due to the main ingredient, tapioca, a type of starch.
It is often served for breakfast or a snack. Sometimes for dinner as well since the Brazilian culture doesn’t have large meals before bed.
The balls are usually about 1.5 inches in diameter, however some bakeries make much larger versions.
Some people like to fill them or top them with Requeijão, a Brazilian cream cheese with a very creamy texture, Chocolate sauce, or Dulce de Leche.
Preparing Pão De Queijo
The usual preparation of Pão de queijo usually requires boiling a few ingredients, adding some cold ingredients to the cooled batter, rolling the balls, then baking. However, this recipe is much simpler.
You will need a mini muffin pan and a blender or mixer.
The only hard part might be finding one of the ingredients in your area, Tapioca Flour.
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- 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 1/3 cup Milk
- 3 cups tapioca flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded or grated [parmesan] cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease your mini muffin pan.
- Combine the MILK, EGGS, OIL, CHEESE and SALT in your blender.
- Add the TAPIOCA FLOUR 1/2 cup at a time until well combined (you may need a spatula to scrape it together).
- Once your mixture is complete, pour the batter into your greased mini muffin pan, leaving about 1/8 inch of space at the top.
- Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool a few minutes and serve warm or cold, depending on preference.
My name is Paula and I’m a mom of two scrumptious cuties. Thanks Mommy Blog became a project for me to help guide other new moms and current moms through any of my own personal experiences and struggles. My hobbies include singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, designing and trying to stay creative.