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March 16, 2014

Gluten Free Treat - Pão de Queijo

My family has a bakery and the house I grew up in was on the second floor of it. Oh, how good it was to smell the aroma of freshly-baked bread three times a day. Usually people in Brazil don't buy bread at grocery stores, bakeries are all over the place, and thus fresh bread. But this recipe is not a bread recipe, not a pastry one either. I really can't find an English word to try to explain it, once I heard cheese puffs and I think that's close enough to refer to our beloved pão de queijo. If I were to translate literally, it would be cheese bread.

Pão de queijo, cheese bread, cheese puffs, it does not matter how you call it, they are a delicious gluten free treat, it's love at first bite! 
Brazilians eat pão de queijo with coffee, at barbecues, or as a snack, plain or with fillings.

Cheese Rolls - Pão de Queijo

♥ 1 cup whole milk
♥ 1/2 cup vegetable oil
♥ 1 tbsp salt
♥ 500g sour tapioca starch (also known as cassava flour)
♥ 3 eggs
♥ 200g mozzarella  100g parmesan

Prepare oven to 350°F.
Bring to boil the milk and oil over medium heat.
Place the tapioca flour in a large bowl and pour the boiled ingredients (while still hot) over it, and mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
Add one egg at a time to the dough mixing well.
Add the cheeses and knead until the mixture is not sticking to the hand anymore.
Roll into ping-pong size balls and space them about two inches apart in parchment-lined baking sheet and bake them for about 30 minutes or until lightly golden.

Pão de queijo is better warm, but cold is delicious, too. It does not taste its best on the next day, so if you want you can roll some balls, put in a bag and freeze them. They can go straight from the freezer to the oven.

Traditionally, pão de queijo is made using a semi-firm cheese called Minas which is difficult to find in America, I found that parmesan and mozzarella are good substitutes.

This video can give you a better idea on how to achieve the right dough consistency.

Bon appétit!

18 comments :

  1. So pretty and perfect! I bet they taste delicious too.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. They are addictive Rosa, once you start you don't want to stop.

      Cheers to you, too

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  2. Família com padaria em casa é coisa que sei bem, como cheira, os gostos, a poesia que é :)

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    1. Eu sei que você sabe :)

      Bom te ver aqui querida Tina.

      Um grande abraço

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  3. Great recipe! I am definitely going to try it!

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    1. If you do, let me know Yelena.

      Have a great week :)

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  4. Wow, they look so perfect, love the shape and their size. I am pretty sure they taste delicious even without any filling.

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    1. Hello Shibi, how are you?

      They're simple but indeed delicious.

      Have a nice day :)

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  5. Wow, what perfect cheeseballs! They look as incredible as they must taste!

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    1. Hello Liz, they are delicious and very simple to make.
      Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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  6. Vamos combinar Regina... pão de queijo é tudo de bom!!! Adorooo

    Bjkinhas

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  7. Tenho de fazer. Cá em casa, desde Dezembro só se come pão feito por mim. A farinha para estes pães é a dita normal? E o fermento é o do padeiro?

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    1. Bom dia Isa.

      Na postagem eu indiquei esse video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93xc06MfIBk&list=TL-7uSkwVZjoO1bqaJojQv14twnyg_BvhR em portugues.

      Não se usa farinha ou fermento Isa por isso é gluten-free, usa-se polvilho azedo ou doce (eu prefiro azedo) leite, ovo, queijo, sal, leite, óleo vegetal.

      Beijos e um ótimo final de semana

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  8. Oi, Regina!

    Aiaiai agora eu que fiquei com água na boca por causa destes lindos pães de queijo, rsrs.
    Eu também já tive dificuldade de explicar até para portugueses, no início da Internet, o que era pão de queijo, já que eles não são verdadeiramente pães, rsrs. Os seus ficaram perfeitos!

    Um beijo

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    1. Bom dia Marly,

      Modéstia a parte eles ficaram bons sim, como sempre comi + do q devia :)

      Tenha um ótimo final de semana.

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  9. E tem como não comer mais do que se deve diante de uma iguaria dessas??? It's impossible!!!
    Estou adorando suas investidas na cozinha. Qualquer hora dessas vou te ver frente a uma máquina de costura... :)))
    Mesmo que seja uma baby pra começar!!!!
    Beijos querida, tenha um ótimo domingo!

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    1. Ah, acho que você está esperando muito de mim, nessa altura mal consigo enfiar a linha na agulha, rsrsrs.

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