Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

One would be hard pressed to attend a cookout, house party, or street fair in Brazil and not find baskets of warm pao de queijo. These delicious morsels are not-to dissimilar the the airier French gougere, except with tapioca flour (gluten free) and a sharper Brazilian cheese rather than flour and gruyere cheese. Try to stop yourself from eating the whole basket of these morsels, I dare you.

Brazilian Pao de Queijo cheese bread

 Pão de Queijo- Brazilian Cheese Bread

These light and puffy cheese puffs make for a quick and easy hand-food or appetizer. The also freeze beautifully, making for a quick snack or appetizer without having to plan in advance.
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Course: Appetizer, Bread, Hand Food, Snack
Cuisine: Brazil, South American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Stand Mixer with paddle attachment
  • mini muffin tin(s) = 24 wells
  • Medium saucepan


  • 2 cups Tapioca flour
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 large Egg, beaten and at room temperature
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Prep – Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Lightly grease muffin tin(s). Shred cheese.
  • Make Batter – Place tapioca flour in the mixers' bowl. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring milk, water, olive oil, and salt to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and pour over flour. Use mixer and incorporate at medium-low speed. Add egg and keep mixing until it's combined. Careful not to overmix. Toss in cheese and mix a few seconds more to combine.
  • Bake Cheese Breads – Pour equal amounts into muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes till lightly browned. Serve hot, or refrigerate for up-to 5 days, or freeze indefinitely.


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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