Pão de Queijo

"Pão de queijo, the iconic Brazilian snack. You can find these all over Brazil and now you can make these little cheese buns in your kitchen."
-- @madebymelbelle
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 250 grams Polvilho Azedo (or Tapioca Flour)
  • 1 tabelspoons grated parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together the polvilho azedo (or tapioca flour) and salt. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    In a medium saucepan, combine the vegetable oil, water, and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil and then pour immediately over the dry ingredients. Stir until the dough begins to come together. Note: At this point, the dough will be dry and lumpy.

  • Step 4

    Add the egg. Stir until the dough becomes smooth (I use my hands for this!). Once the egg is incorporated, add the cheeses and mix again until it's evenly incorporated into the dough.

  • Step 5

    Since your dough will be sticky, lightly grease your hands with vegetable oil. Roll the dough into 1-1 1/2 inch balls.

  • Step 6

    Place pão de queijos on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart, in order to give them enough room to puff up. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. This recipe makes about 1 dozen pão de queijos.

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