Brazil’s chewy, cheesy, tapioca-based bread rolls called pão de queijo are a crispy-chewy food-lovers dream.
This recipe for them has been floating around the SBS Food website since Feast magazine and uses a dump and mix method that makes 24 delightful cheesy treats in minutes.
It’s a twist on the traditional recipe which is made using a firmer dough, rolled into balls and baked until puffed like a little choux bun. Clara Luboss makes a loose batter using a food processor and pours it into a muffin pan but I’m taking things one step further back.
Introducing pre-grated cheese. But not just any ordinary shredded bag, you want to get the really fine powdered parmesan. Growing up my sister called it dandruff parmesan which didn’t really help the appetite but you get the picture.
The super fine texture of the cheese means it incorporates well into the batter. You’re welcome to hand-grate the whole 1 ½ cups but the tubs from the deli have served me well here.
How to make pão de queijo
Add 3 cups tapioca flour, 1 cup milk, 1 cup oil or melted butter, 3 eggs and 1 ½ cups of grated parmesan cheese to a bowl. Mix well until a thick batter forms.
Spoon into two non-stick 12 hole muffin pans and bake at 180°C for 20 mins until golden and crisp.
Cool slightly and enjoy while still warm.
These freeze well and are best reheated in the oven for 10 mins. If you do get lazy you can microwave them for 10-15 seconds but they will lose all their crispness and become all chew.
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