A few months ago I dined at Fogo De Chao, a delicious Brazilian steakhouse. It was my first time to any restaurant like that and it was love at first bite. I mean 16 kinds of tender mouthwatering meat. Yumm. With our dinner we were served Pão De Queijo, a traditional Brazilian cheese bread. I had heard stories of unlimited naturally gluten free bread at Brazilian steakhouses but I thought I may have only dreamed about that. Needless to say I was in a food coma when we left.
So here comes the really amazing part of this story. The Pão De Queijo, the soft and delicious Brazilian cheese bread, literally takes just minutes to make and is so easy. Seriously this recipe is a dream come true.
You know how sometimes you watch a cooking show and they have like ten ingredients and say you can whip this recipe up in minutes. When in reality this is only true if you have those ingredients pre-chopped and prepped. Well no worries because when I say this Brazilian cheese bread can be whipped up in minutes I mean it. Plus all the ingredients are very inexpensive.
As a bonus if you are a messy chef like me you can store the batter in the refrigerator for up to three days. I love this because these are best fresh from the oven. And yes I can make a mess out of my kitchen with only six ingredients or sometimes just making a sandwich.
I played around with several different variations on cheese and oils of this recipe but found I enjoyed the bread the most with a sharp cheddar cheese and high quality extra virgin olive oil. If you have never had Pão De Queijo it is not a normal thick crusty bread. They are a little crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. They are airy and sometimes even a little bit hollow. Some of your tops may sink a bit after puffing up that is completely normal.
Two things that you will need before attempting this recipe- tapioca flour and a mini-muffin pan. The tapioca flour can not be replaced by any other all purpose gluten free flour, almond flour etc. A mini-muffin pan works best and you can generally find one for $5-$10 dollars. I used Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour and a mini muffin pan I got at Target.
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