Friday, April 23, 2010

Pao de queijo (pow-gee-kay-jo)- Brazilian Cheese Bread

If you have ever eaten the cheese balls at Tucano's Brazilian Restaurant, then you will love this recipe! Becki got this from her Brazilian neighbor, Iolanda Terry. Iolanda was nice enough to teach Becki how to make this authentic cheese bread. Yummy!!

1 lb.(about 3 1/2 cups) tapioca flour (can be found in the bulk section at Winco)
1/2 c. oil
2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1-3 eggs, beaten
2 cups grated (not shredded) Parmesan cheese

Put tapioca flour in a large bowl. Put oil, milk and salt in small saucepan and heat to boiling. Pour over tapioca flour and stir JUST until flour is incorporated. Put in fridge or freezer for 1 hour or until cooled.
Add Parmesan cheese and mix into dough. In a small bowl, beat together 1-3 eggs. Add a little at a time, until you form a non-sticky dough. (You may not use all of the beaten eggs.) Roll into 1" balls and put onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
* This bread has a cheesy, chewy texture in the middle when done. Do not overcook. That is how Brazilian cheese bread is supposed to be.


  1. These are seriously soooo good! Love them!

  2. Nice !!! Except it is actually pronounce:

  3. Really?? I had Iolanda tell me how to say it and it sounded a lot like she had an n sound at the end. It might have been the way it sounded with her accent. I will have to ask her!