Today, wanted to share with you my recipe for my favorite Brazilian snack, pao de queijo! Pao De Queijo literally means “cheese bread” in Portuguese, and in any language, that means love. If you’ve ever been to a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse), you will immediately recognize these mini cheese gourds as *almost* the best part of the meal. They are squishy, cheesy, salty, and the perfect sized bite.
They also freeze VERY well. So just pop a bag full into the freezer and nuke them for 10 seconds and they taste as good as new.
Let me show you how I made these.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, gather around your ingredients. The texture of the pao de queijo is unmistakenly squishy, and that comes from the uber starchy tapioca flour – which you’ll need two cups of. You’ll also need two eggs, 1/2 cup of butter, one cup of milk, one cup of grated parmesan cheese, and one teaspoon of salt.
Now, we’re going to use a medium sized ice cream scoop and pour spoonfuls of this loose batter into mini muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. I sprayed the muffin pans with cooking spray for some extra insurance.
They’re still delicious and I hope you guys try out this easy recipe! It would be great for a party because you can make this ahead of time, freeze it, and pull out a bowl full and microwave them and they’ll taste like new!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- 2 cups tapioca flour
- 2 extra large eggs
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt and heat up butter and milk mixture
- In a mixer, add in tapioca flour and slowly pour in hot milk and butter mixture
- Mix for two minutes
- Add in eggs, parmesan cheese, and salt
- Mix well
- Lightly spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray
- Fill mini muffin pan with batter ¾ way full
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Allow to cook for 5 minutes
- Serve warm
They’re so squishy and cheesy that they’re fun to eat. The texture is what’ll keep you reaching for more. Which is a good AND bad thing…