Pão de queijo/Brazilian cheese bread is a crispy, somewhat hollow with chewy center, very delicious treat! These cute, addictive cheese puffs are made of cassava flour/tapioca flour, and as a result, gluten-free. They are a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. It continues to be widely sold at snack bars and bakeries. Also, they are a wonderful addition to your appetizer table. Here, the recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, however, you could substitute any other cheese, but one with more prominent cheese flavor. Edamame or non-dairy cheese will also please vegans!
Pão de Queijo • Brazilian Cheese Bread/Buns
Recipe by: Fae’s Twist & Tango (fae-magazine.com)
• 2½ Tbsp vegetable oil
• 5 Tbsp milk
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 128 g/ 1 cup tapioca flour
• ½ of 1 beaten large egg (do not be tempted to use more)
• 56 g/ ½ cup Parmesan cheese, more finely ground the better
◊ Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 175°C / 350°F.
◊ Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
◊ In a small saucepan, add oil, milk, salt, and put on medium-high heat. Swirl the saucepan on the heat. At any indication of boiling, turn off heat, remove from the heat and add all of the tapioca.
◊ Using a silicone spatula, patiently incorporate the liquid into tapioca until a dough is formed and there is no dry tapioca in the saucepan (lots of elbow grease). Let it cool a little.
Note: When liquid is added to tapioca, it becomes very elastic and sticky. Don’t be tempted to mix by hand.
◊ When the dough has cooled a little, add beaten ½ egg and quickly continue to incorporate well.
◊ Add Parmesan cheese and continue to incorporate well.
◊ Using 2 regular flatware tablespoons technique (scoop dough and repeatedly scraping the dough from one spoon to the other, forming a ball), form 12 balls about 1 Tbsp of the dough each and place them on the lined baking pan. (I made 18 smaller sized balls, but larger ones with more crispy shell area are much better.)
◊ Note: Don’t worry about dough balls being irregular. They do puff up round. However, if you want them as round as possible (not spread dome shape), put a little vegetable oil on a plate, grease back of 2 regular flatware teaspoons. A spoon in each hand, using the backs, tuck in sides of balls and squeeze them into an upward oblong shape.
◊ Bake for 18 ~ 22 minutes, until barely golden on the top.
◊ Best served warm. Serve as is, or with a platter of cheese and sausages!
~ Bom Proveito! ~
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