Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)
  • Cooking Time: 25 min.
  • Servings: 24 puffs
  • Preparation Time: 15 min.
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 10 oz. (2 Cups) Tapioca Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Place the milk, oil, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat as soon as you see big bubbles coming through the milk.
  4. Add the tapioca flour and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Transfer the dough to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed until it smooths out and has cooled down.
  5. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs into the dough one at a time, waiting until the first egg is fully incorporated before adding the second.
  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the cheese until it forms a very sticky dough. Scoop the dough with a small ice cream scoop, spacing them 2-inches apart (12 per baking sheet). Dip your scoop in water between scoops to prevent sticking.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes then rotate the baking sheets from front to back. Bake for another 10 or 15 minutes until until the puffs have puffed and the bottoms turn golden-brown on the bottoms.
Called Pão de Queijo, these cheese puffs are so addictive, delicious, and once you start eating, you just can’t stop. Soft and fluffy these are a perfect alternative to crunchy or hard rolls at the dinner table. With a salty bite of parmesan cheese, these poppable little bites are sure to cure your longing for bread that you may have felt you gave up when you embarked upon you braces journey.