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This recipe is so simple and so delicious!
Pão de Queijo is a popular savoury Brazilian snack and breakfast food.
Its origins comes from African slaves who would soak and peel cassava root to make a rough flour called – ‘polvilho’.
It is unlikely that you will find polvilho anywhere else but in South America. However, there is a great substitute: tapioca flour is available at most supermarkets.
The following recipe is simple, fast, and delicious.
You will need:
- A Blender or Food Processor
- 2 Muffin baking tins (recipe should yield 24 cheese puffs)
- Non-stick cooking spray
Note: This recipe uses standard metric cups of 250 ml.
- 2 cups of tapioca flour (sometimes called tapioca starch)
- 1 cup milk
- ⅔ cup oil (non-scented oil like canola or sunflower)
- 2 eggs (standard size)
- ½ a tablespoon of salt
- 2 cups grated cheese
(a blend of cheddar and parmesan is very good - 1 ½ cheddar and ½ parmesan is idea!). You may also use leftover cheese such as mozzarella, Swiss, or gruyere.
- Preheat oven to 220C (420F)
- Spray muffin tins with cooking spray
- Place all ingredients in a blender except the cheese.
- Blend until smooth (30 seconds)
- Add the cheese and pulse two or three times
- Pour batter into non-stick baking tins (if using mini-muffin baking tins use a spoon)
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden
- Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before removing puffs.
- Serve warm with a cup of tea or ‘Guaraná’, a Brazilian soda more popular than Coke in Brazil! Brazilian ‘Guaraná’ is sometimes found in speciality shops.
They will be crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside!