The first time I tried pão de queijo was in a Brazilian steakhouse and it was phenomenal! Brazil has a big Japanese influence in their culture, specially when it comes to food. Cheese bread has similarities with Japanese mochi but it is not at all the same.
The consistency of the bread is tender and it is better when consumed hot, like right-off-the-oven hot. You can always reheat it in the microwave but it looses its texture and becomes somewhat soggy. I recommend just making enough for that meal and eat it all!!!…you won’t have any problems doing that because it is so good and easy to make that you will want to make more.
One of the things I like about it is that although we call it “bread” it does not contain any wheat flour. All you need is eggs, olive oil, milk, tapioca flour (same as tapioca starch), a pinch of salt and of course cheese!, that’s it! As far as equipment you will need a blender, and a mini muffin tin.
When I started making pão de queijo I used to buy the tapioca flour at my local grocery store for about $4 USD per 20 oz package but I just found it recently at the Asian store for 70 cents!!! same exact thing, same quality just different brand. The results were the same also so, I guess I will be buying it there going forward.
- 1 Egg
- ⅓ cup Olive Oil
- ⅔ cup Milk
- 1½ cups Tapioca Flour
- ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until all ingredients are combined
- Grease a mini muffin tin and fill up each cavity with batter half way through
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
Enjoy and remember to leave a comment below!