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Brazilian Cheese Bread
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5 from 1 vote

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

These pillowy chewy doughy balls of cheese are actually super light and airy. They are hollow inside and the perfect amount of savory.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 24 mini breads


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese sharp
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt lower salt if adding it to toppings
  • garlic powder or favorite seasoning optional but recommended


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray nonstick or silicone muffin pan with oil, as these can stick.
  • Mix all wet ingredients (oil, egg, and milk) in a large bowl. You can use a whisk or spoon to mix by hand.
  • Add the tapioca flour slowly and mix into the wet ingredients. The resulting mixture will be a thick liquid batter.
  • Grate the parmesan and cheddar cheese and add to the liquid base. Add salt. Mix in lightly, cheese should still be visible and not disintegrate.
  • Using a spoon or ladle, carefully pour batter into each muffin cup. Can fill each cup about 3/4 or more. If any batter is left over, top off. Add topping (garlic powder is my favorite) if using.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy immediately, the sooner the better.