Hey guys! I am always so excited to find a new gluten-free recipe that works not only for me but for my whole family. This Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo, is one of those gluten-free recipes. It is good for me and great for the whole family. I know that once you try it you will love it as much as I do. So don’t forget to pin it!
What are Pao de Queijo?
Pao de Queijo is Brazilian cheese bread made with tapioca flour, milk, and cheese. It is traditionally eaten for breakfast or as a snack during the day. It is a traditional Brazilian recipe, originating in the state of Minas Gerais. Pão de queijo originated from Portuguese colonists like many other Brazilian foods.
Great lunch box idea
This cheese bread is not only gluten-free but also nut-free, which makes it a great lunch box staple. Even though it tastes the best straight out of the oven, it is still incredibly delicious the next day and my kids love it. I mean who wouldn’t love something so cheesy!! You can also prepare the dough in advance, refrigerate it overnight and bake the bread fresh in the morning. I wouldn’t do it every day of the week, but as an occasional treat it is a pretty good idea. Not quite sure how well they freeze because I never had any leftovers to actually be able to freeze them.
A little word about the tapioca dough
As mentioned above, these Brazilian cheese rolls are made with tapioca flour. If you are not familiar with baking with tapioca flour, you might be a bit surprised by the texture of the dough. The dough will be very soft, gooey, and white and your kids will probably beg you to let them play with it if they see it. So please don’t feel discouraged if it looks like it hasn’t worked, just keep mixing and everything will work out in the end. I promise! I made the dough in the Thermomix and in my opinion, it is the easiest way to make the Pao de Queijo, but it also works with the conventional method.