Cheese Bread - Pao de Queijo - What are they?

We were telling you in the last posts about our Brazilian famous sweets. However, you may be asking, don’t you have savoury traditional recipes in Brazil as well? Yes, we have! And now, I’m going to te

ll you about cheese bread or “pao de queijo”.

Cheese bread is a small, baked cheese bun, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. It is a traditional Brazilian recipe from Minas Gerais, made with tapioca flour or tapioca starch, instead of wheat flour. The traditional cheese used in making cheese bread is called “queijo de Minas” or “queijo de Canastra meia-cura” and it is similar to mozzarella.

In Brazil, they are eaten by snacks in breakfast or tea afternoon, served with coffee or hot chocolate. Wherever you go, you will find cheese bread. Coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, pubs, even the most famous fast foods.

Besides this, you can serve cheese bread in parties, events and celebrations. They are always welcomed by everybody. This recipe is not difficult to make and you can prepare a bunch of them and freeze for later. I’m going to tell you a “secret” recipe, then you can try it in your home and serve to your friends. I’m sure that they will love it.

- Cheese bread or Pao de queijo:


  • 500g of tapioca flour

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 300mL of milk

  • 150mL of canola oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 400g of grated mozzarella

  • 100g of Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves of minced garlic (optional)

Method of preparation:

  1. In a big bowl, put the tapioca flour. Aside, in a pan warm up salt, milk and oil

  2. When it boils, add the tapioca flour, mix well.

  3. Let cool

  4. Add eggs and the garlic, one by one, alternating with the cheeses and whop well in each addition

  5. Grease the hands with oil, if it is necessary. Make small balls with 2cm diameter and place them in a greased baking dish. Put in the oven (180 ºC), pre heated.

  6. Bake until they are golden.

Good luck and have a good snack !

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