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Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo Recipe (Brazilian cheese buns)

(Brazilian cheese buns)

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Pães de queijo are tasty little cheese buns popular in Brazil. They are made with yuca (cassava) flour, which gives them an interesting taste and texture and makes them a gluten-free treat. Modern Brazilians can purchase packaged mixes or buy pães de queijo from street vendors, but homemade is best. Serve pão de queijo with coffee for breakfast.

Makes about 20 rolls

Ingredients

  • Milk -- 1 cup
  • Oil or butter -- 1/4 cup
  • Salt --  1/2 teaspoon
  • Yuca (cassava) flour -- 1 pound
  • Eggs -- 3
  • Grated parmesan cheese -- 1 cup

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring the milk, oil or butter and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high flame.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the yuca flour until it forms a smooth batter. Set aside to cool somewhat, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are fully incorporated, then stir in the parmesan cheese.
  4. Form 2-3 tablespoons of the batter at a time into balls with moistened hands and set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Serve hot.

Variations

  • Chipás (Argentina): form the batter into biscuit or donut shapes before baking.
  • Try using different types of grated cheese.
  • Add a pinch of dried oregano or basil to the batter.
  • Cornstarch is sometimes substituted for the yuca flour.