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Brazilian Cheese Bread, ready to serve.
Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pão de Queijo)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

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!

Course: bread
Cuisine: brazilian
Servings: 24 cheese puffs
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 1/4 cups (10oz/282g) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) oil, (canola or light olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (8oz/225g) tapioca flour
  • 2 beaten eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (6oz/170g) grated cheddar, grated
  • extra grated cheddar, for topping
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450°F (225°C) then butter and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. 

  2. In a medium saucepan bring the milk, oil, and salt just to a boil over medium heat.

  3. 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. 

  4. When the mix begins to form a dough after 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool just slightly. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. Bake for about 20 mins or until the cheese has melted and each cheese bread is lightly golden brown and puffed. 

  8. Allow to cool just slightly, then serve and enjoy warm!

  9. Cover and store leftover cheese puffs in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.