How To Make Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

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Have you ever tried Pão de Queijo, Brazilian cheese bread? It’s an International Favorite and it’s gluten-free cheese puff that’s made using tapioca flour and cheese, LOTS of cheese. They are delicious morsels of cheesy goodness that can be found at Brazilian restaurants, specialty stores and even sold in some grocery stores. But the best ones are always, always homemade. I’ve been eating Pão de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) as long as I can remember, my mom is from Brazil and has been making Brazilian food for us my whole life. It wasn’t until I moved out of the house that I started calling her to ask “Hey mom, how do you make your cheese bread?” and now every once in a while, I’ll make them for my little family.
A few weeks ago I was helping out with a Smores demo at at World Market (thanks again for those of you who stopped by to say hi) and while I was in the store I was looking for some authentic Brazilian foods. One of my favorites is guava paste (a fun Brazilian treat for making appetizers), unfortunately they were completely sold out. But it had me looking at all of the yummy Brazilian themed food and other  International Food Brands they did have. I absolutely LOVE shopping for furniture (where I bought my dining table), home decor and dishes but sometimes I forget about the many foods they have from around the world. I grabbed a few Brazilian food favorites like the black beans, some sandwich cookies, and grabbed a jar of the samba salsa (my first time trying it) and decided it was time to whip up some Pão de Queijo.
I know there are quite a few recipes out there, but would it be too cocky to say this one is hands-down the best Pão de Queijo recipe around? Well it is! I can say that in addition to being the tastiest recipe, this one is definitely the easiest and most user friendly one I’ve tried, and it’s got the seal of approval from a REAL Brazilian (my mom).

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.43.28 PMPão de Queijo Recipe (Brazilian cheese bread)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt (find measuring tools here)
  • 3 1/2 cups of tapioca flourScreen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.28.55 PM


Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the tapioca flour into a large blender. Mix well, until fully incorporated, about 1-2 minutes using the pulse button.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.30.53 PMPour the mixture into a large bowl with the tapioca flour, scraping the sides to get all of the dough out of the blender.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.32.21 PMUsing a spatula, carefully fold in the tapioca flour.Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.35.36 PMWhen it’s fully incorporated, it will look thick and a little lumpy.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.37.01 PMTransfer the dough to a large gallon-sized bag and cut a hole in the corner of the bag. This will allow you to use it like a piping bag,
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.39.00 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.40.15 PMOil a mini muffin tin, I also used that and a cruller muffin tin, to prevent sticking.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.39.58 PMI like to fill mine about half way, but if you fill them more they will puff out over the top a little bit.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.43.14 PMBake at 350 degrees, for 20-25 minutes, depending on how dark and crispy you like them. Mine were taken out of the oven closer to 20 minutes.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.42.45 PMPlace them into a paper towel lined bowl to absorb any oils and enjoy hot!Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.43.40 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.44.45 PMThese are so good and you can make them any size or shape that you can dream up. My husband really like the cruller ones because the are more crispy.
Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.44.18 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.44.33 PMMake sure to check out the yummy selection of foods from around the world the next time you are at World Market!Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.45.08 PMWhat are your favorite around the world treats from World Market?


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