Pão de Queijo



These cheesy Brazilian bread balls are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. But I’m warning you; you won’t be able to keep your hand out of the bread basket!

Pão de Queijo

½ cup milk

¼ cup cooking oil

½ tsp. salt

1 ¼ cup tapioca flour

1 egg

¼ cup mozzarella cheese

½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


– Heat oven to 425

– In a small pan, combine milk, oil, and salt. Bring to a light boil then remove from heat.

– Place tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Add hot oil and milk mixture and mix into the flour using a wooden spoon. The mixture will thicken and it will be difficult to mix at the beginning.

– Allow the mixture to cool for 1 minute.

– Add egg and mix

– Once egg is incorporated, add the cheese and mix well.

Note: The consistency of the dough will be less dense than most bread dough. Still, you should be able to manage the dough without it sticking to your hands. If the dough is not manageable, add 1-2 more tablespoons of tapioca flour or until you obtain a drier dough.

– Form dough into small ping-pong sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper

– Place tray in oven and lower oven temperature to 350. Bake for 20 minutes.

– Serve and eat immediately or at least within one hour from baking.






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