BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD (Pão de Queijo)
Hi there. Last week I took you to the birthday dinner party I hosted. On the menu was Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) and I promised to give you the recipe.
Ever since I first tasted them at the Brazilian BBQ restaurant, Fogo de Chao, I have been trying to perfect the art of making Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo). These delicious little balls of ooey gooey cheesy goodness are one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth! However, every recipe I’ve tried has not lived up to those served at Fogo de Chao. But then I attended the most recent Lake Arrowhead Kitchen Tour (where you tour internationally themed kitchens and get to try lots of good food) and one of the homes was serving Brazilian Food that included Brazilian Cheese Bread. They were delicious, just as I remember them being at Fogo de Chao! Luckily I was able to snag the recipe used by our hostess and I’ve been making the best Brazilian Cheese Bread ever since!
The recipe was published on a blog called Olivia’s Cuisine. Olivia has worked hard to perfect her recipe for Pão de Queijo. And the best part about her recipe is that she’s a Brazilian and knows what the authentic, real-deal Brazilian Cheese Bread is supposed to taste like. So who am I to try and improve on perfection? Therefore, I use her recipe, which you can find and print by clicking here.
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) is a terrific bread to serve at parties because the dough can be made ahead, then baked off just before serving. I love make-ahead recipes when I entertain. The other great thing about them is they are made with tapioca flour and are gluten free. So it’s a wonderful way for folks like my bestie Lisa (who suffers from Celiac Disease) to get to consume delicious bread. By the way, I bake mine off in mini muffin pans, but Olivia simply places her balls of dough on a baking sheet. When making them ahead I think the muffin tins work best.
Tapioca flour can be found at most grocery stores, or you can get some by clicking here.
You really must try this recipe, you’ll be so glad you did!
So there you have it: BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD (Pão de Queijo)
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