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Pao de queijo aka cheese puffs

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cheesy Brasilian puffs - pao de queijo

Pao de queijo

Pao de queijo translates as cheese bread. It is a very popular snack in South America and Brazil in particular. Very often served as street food these puffs make an excellent nibble for your aperitif. Keep in mind that one leads to another.

  • Prep Time 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time 40 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 350 kcal


  • 500 grams of tapioca flour
  • 120 cl of milk
  • 200 grams of grated cheese (see instructions)
  • 120 cl of water
  • 80 cl of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs


  1. Pour the milk, water and oil in a pot
  2. Gently bring the liquid to a boil
  3. Switch of the heat and gradually whisk the flour in
  4. Make sure not to leave any lumps since the jeopardize the pao
  5. Let the mixture cool down for about ten minutes
  6. Add the cheese and one egg at the time
  7. Keep whisking till obtaining a smooth pale dough
  8. Use a sac à poche to make balls, about 2cm in diameter
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees


Pao de Queijo is an easy dish. The preparation recalls beignet making. Tapioca flour is rich in starch and cannot be substituted by wheat flour. A possible way round using tapioca is mixing potato starch and wheat flour at a 1/3 ratio.What cheese to use? Well, generally speaking you need a hard cheese. Grana Padana or Parmesan do fine. Although mixing in some pecorino cheese makes things really interesting.Don't let the name 'pao' or bread fool you. It is a fully independent snack that needs not further improvement. In South America they come with a refreshing drink. And that is what we would advice you. Serve them as a snack, or better still, an aperitif

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