I love Brazilian Cheese Bread, Pão de Queijo, as a basic recipe it is tapioca flour, cheese, butter, milk, eggs.
When I first made them, it was in a blender and they were light more like 'popovers' very easy - but the only thing you could do with them was eat them as a snack. Similar to this recipe from Simply Recipes.
Then I discovered one of my favorite 'restaurants' ever - Mama's Cheese Bread in Brookfield, Connecticut, USA. They took Brazilian Cheese Balls to a whole different level for me - making them into sandwiches! I literally had 5 or 6 a week last summer when I was in the USA. The kids had some of the balls or a sandwich every morning too. We bought their dough and took it home to bake when guest same over, we were addicted. Oh, how I miss them now we are back in Hong Kong. I swear he could make a global chain of his secret recipe.
Now, what I am about to share, is nowhere nearly as good as Mama's Cheese Bread. But I did want to play around with making a thicker dough, that could be baked into a slightly heavier 'roll' type of bread for mini sandwiches.
As with my other recipes, this is very flexible, so play around until you get a texture you like.
- 3-3 1/2 Cups** of tapioca flour/starch
- 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 Cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 Cup yogurt cheese/farmers cheese or grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 Cup butter or olive oil (room temperature)
- 2 Eggs (room temperature)
- 1 Cup of milk (dairy or non dairy)
They are very bland, so if you want to spice it up you can with some black pepper, paprika or other spices - maybe a curry variety?
- Preheat oven to 190C (375F)
- Prepare two baking trays with parchment/baking paper
- Tapioca flour
- Baking powder
- Add the cheeses
- Add the butter and eggs
- Add the milk - add the milk slowly as you might not use it all, you want to stop when you can *just* roll the dough into little balls and they keep their shape
Bake around 20-25 minutes, until they puff up and start to turn a slight golden color.
Best eaten warm from the oven, or within 12-24 hours.