Breads & Doughs Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) 4.62 from 47 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe My Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe, also known as Pão de Queijo, is like taking your average dinner roll and making it better in every way! By Gemma Stafford | April 20, 2021 | 73 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Pão de Queijo is a chewy, cheesy, yet soft and moist little roll that’s great on its own or served alongside any meal — that’s what this is! This Brazilian Cheese Bread is traditionally served with dinner or lunch instead of plain bread rolls. While I have lots of love for dinner rolls, these are on another level. If you like cheese, and you like bread, you will LOVE pão de queijo. What is Brazilian Cheese Bread? Brazilian cheese bread is a cross between a choux pastry and a cheesy dinner roll. Made by combining tapioca starch, eggs, and oil, then mixed up with loads of savory cheddar, this bread has stretch and chew from both the cheese and the starch, yet is puffed up as light as air. After the dough is mixed it’s piped with a piping bag like choux pastry making for the perfect little cheese puff. Is Brazilian Cheese Bread Gluten-Free? Yes, thanks to using tapioca starch, this cheesy Brazilian bread is 100 percent naturally gluten-free. Do I Have To Use Tapioca Starch? Tapioca starch is what creates the stretchy texture of Brazilian cheese bread. This may sound like an unusual ingredient, but it’s super common these days and is actually used in many of our gluten-free bread-like our 3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Flat Bread. Tapioca starch is made of a root vegetable called cassava root. It is super important in this recipe and can not be substituted with another kind of starch or flour. What Kind Of Cheese Do I Use For This Pão De Queijo Recipe? Well, in my house whenever cheese is required I use Dubliner Irish Cheddar — I’m loyal like that. I love how sharp and rich Irish cheddar is. It’s perfect in this Brazilian cheese bread recipe adding lots of salty flavors and bite. You can use any cheddar you like, but you can also use parmesan or pepper jack cheese, making this recipe very versatile in that way. What You’ll Need To Make Brazilian Cheese Bread Two baking sheets and parchment paper Medium saucepan Wooden spoon Piping bag Measuring Cups How To Make Brazilian Cheese Bread Once you make this bread, you won’t be able to stop — you’ll be making it for every meal! Here’s how (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Add milk, oil, and salt to a medium saucepan. Boil over medium heat. Once boiling, add tapioca flour and mix with a wooden spoon. After one or two minutes, remove from heat. Transfer dough to a piping bag. Pipe batter onto a baking sheet. Top with additional cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy. How Do I Store Brazilian Cheese Bread? This bread is really best when fresh out of the oven. That said, it is great the next day and can be covered and reheated in a low oven or even the microwave. To store the cheese bread, just put it in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. I KNOW they will not last that long though… Try These Other Bread Recipes! 1-Hour Dinner Rolls Crazy Dough: One Easy Dough With Endless Variations Traditional Irish Soda Bread And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! 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Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 24 cheese puffs Ingredients 1 1/4 cups (10oz/282g) whole milk1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) oil, (canola or light olive oil)1 teaspoon salt2 cups (8oz/225g) tapioca flour2 beaten eggs, room temperature 1 1/2 cups (6oz/170g) grated cheddar, gratedextra grated cheddar, for topping Instructions Pre-heat your oven to 450°F (225°C) then butter and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan bring the milk, oil, and salt just to a boil over medium heat.Once the milk mixture boils, add the tapioca flour while mixing quickly and constantly with a wooden spoon, as if you are making a choux pastry. When the mix begins to form a dough after 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool just slightly. Place the dough in the bowl of a stand mixer then add the eggs and the cheese and mix on high speed until the dough is super thick, shiny and stretchy, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2 inch round tip, then pipe the batter into 1 1/2 inch cheese puffs leaving some room for them to spread. Top each piped cheese puff with additional cheese.Bake for about 20 mins or until the cheese has melted and each cheese bread is lightly golden brown and puffed. Allow to cool just slightly, then serve and enjoy warm!Cover and store leftover cheese puffs in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.