Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Pao de Queijo)

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A popular snack in Brazil, these delicious Parmesan cheese puffs are easy to make and also gluten free!

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    Makes: 20 cheese puffs

    • 300ml milk
    • 150ml vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 500g tapioca starch
    • 2 eggs
    • 250g Parmesan cheese, grated

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and oil and flour a baking tray.
    2. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, oil and salt just to the boil.
    3. As soon as the milk starts boiling, add all of the tapioca starch. Stir constantly until it forms a dough that pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and let cool.
    4. When cool, stir in the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Stir in the cheese, then knead until it all comes together.
    5. Grease your hands with butter to prevent sticking, and shape the dough into small balls. Place on a baking tray with enough space between them to allow rising.
    6. Bake 25 minutes or until puffed and golden.

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    Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Pão de Queijo)
    Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Pão de Queijo)

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    These cheese balls are very tasty and would be a great compliment to soup.  -  10 Jan 2017


    Excellent!! This method renders a soft, gooey bread roll. Just the right amount of flavor too. I made three different batches to try different types of flours. Regular tapioca was a bit bland compared to fermented flavor of cassava flour. I also made a small batch with sweet rice flour. The flavor was good. The texture was gummier but still pleasant. Thank you for this recipe.  -  28 Jul 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    We made these for the office during World Cup and everyone loved them. Not one left.  -  20 Jun 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)