Pao de Queijo (Gluten free Brazilian cheese bread)
This recipe is one of my favourites and always a hit with family and friends. Love it for breakfast or any time of the day with a nice cup of black coffee hmmm. It goes without saying that my mums “pao de queijos” are the best, but mine is ok. And best of all they are gluten-free.
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- 910 gr tapioca flour (tapioca starch)
- 6 medium eggs (varies depending on size and mixture consistence)
- 350 gr grated mature or extra mature cheddar
- salt to taste (1 desert spoon, taste the mixture and it should be slightly salty)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Mix the milk, salt, vegetable oil and water in a pot, and bring to a boil, keep an eye on it, as soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the heat.
- Pour the hot mixture into the tapioca starch and mix it with a spoon, make sure all the starch has been mixed.
- Let it cool down for a while before adding the eggs, or eggs will scramble.
- Ok, time to get messy, start pouring the eggs into the mixture, one at the time and mix it well with your hands so there are no lumps, keep an eye on the consistency you don't want it too soft or too dry.
- Through in the grated cheese, mix it well.
- Once you are satisfied with the consistence, dip your fingers on olive oil and start to shape the dough into golf ball sized shapes and place them on a baking tray. Make sure your hands are constantly oily or the dough will stick to your hands.
- Bake rolls for about 20 to 25 minutes, until they are double the size and golden in color.
- Enjoy while they are warm.
- Tapioca starch is not easy to find in supermarkets, i tend to buy mine at Chinese supermarkets.
- The consistency is very important, it can not be too soft, so better to use less eggs if you think the mix is to soft to be rolled.
- You can also experiment with different types of cheese.
- Black coffee
- Cheese spread
Like the Bowl in the picture? Gorgeous Golden Grass Bowl, given to Brazilian chef by Brazilartsandcrafts.com