Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe ( 1 )

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

“Pão de queijo” is a typical dish from Brazilian cuisine, originating from the state of Minas Gerais. It’s a small, airy bread made primarily with cassava flour (both sour and sweet) and cheese, typically Minas cheese or parmesan cheese. It’s a delicacy cherished not only in Brazil but also internationally.

“Pão de queijo” is often enjoyed as a delicious snack or as a side dish in meals. It has a crispy exterior and a soft, cheesy interior, boasting a unique and comforting cheese flavor. The simplicity of the recipe, combined with its irresistible taste, makes “pão de queijo” a popular choice in cafes, bakeries, and even social gatherings.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of sour tapioca flour (polvilho azedo)
  • 250ml of milk
  • 125ml of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g of grated Minas cheese (can be substituted with Parmesan cheese)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

  2. Prepare the dough: In a saucepan, heat the milk with the vegetable oil and a pinch of salt. Once it boils, turn off the heat and pour this mixture over the sour tapioca flour in a large bowl. Stir well until the mixture is smooth and let it cool slightly.

  3. Add the eggs and cheese: Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Then, add the grated cheese and continue stirring until fully incorporated into the dough. The dough will be sticky but pliable.

  4. Shape the cheese bread: With oiled hands, take small portions of the dough and shape them into balls of desired size, usually about the size of a ping pong ball. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them so they don’t stick together during baking.

  5. Bake the cheese bread: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese bread is golden brown on the outside.

  6. Serve hot: Remove the cheese bread from the oven and serve them while still hot. They are best enjoyed fresh, but can also be stored in an airtight container for a few days and reheated in the oven before serving.

This recipe yields approximately 30 to 40 units of cheese bread, depending on the size of the balls you mold. Therefore, you can consider that this quantity serves between 6 to 8 people, depending on the appetite and accompaniment. Each person can consume 4 to 6 cheese bread rolls, depending on their preferences and what else is being served.

Enjoy these delicious cheese bread rolls!

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