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Pao De Queijo Brazilian Cheese Bread

Pao De Queijo Brazilian Cheese Bread is a simple and cheesy gluten free bread from Brazil. It’s made with tapioca flour and generally parmesan cheese.

Have you ever been to Tucanos? It’s this fantastic Brazilian restaurant that serves Churrasco style. The meat comes  around on skewers and you turn your little wooden thingy to green for start the food and red to stop. It. Is. Awesome. Forrizle. Every single year we celebrate my hubby’s birthday at Tucanos. It’s tradition. We usually go to Texas Roadhouse for mine because I love their rolls, but this could possibly change. We shall see. Anyway, since having children it’s awesome to have them come with us and experience this Brazilian restaurant. Ok, it’s not the real thing, but it’s as good as we are going to get around here. They love when the drums come out and everyone sings to him. Don’t you just love a good tradition?

They have this bread called Pao de Queijo in Brazil and so, of course, it’s served at Tucanos. This recipe doesn’t taste EXACTLY like that pao, but it’s certainly awesome. I’ve heard that our tapioca starch is just too different from the real tapioca starch or flour in Brazil. Plus, I’m sure the cheeses etc differ. Oh well. It was still awesome, cheesy, deliciousness.

Is There Something You Can Use Instead of Tapioca Starch?

You can use one tablespoon of arrowroot, cornstarch or flour for every 1 1/2 teaspoons of tapioca starch.

What Is Pao De Queijo?

Pão de queijo is a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil.

It is a small, baked cheese roll.

Pao De Queijo

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Pao De Queijo

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 rolls
Pao De Queijo Brazilian Cheese Bread is a simple and cheesy gluten free bread from Brazil. It's made with tapioca flour and generally parmesan cheese.


  • 2 cups tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan or a mixture of cheddar, parmesan and Mozzarella


  • Heat the oven to 450
  • Put the oil, milk and salt in a pan and bring to a boil.
  • Set aside.
  • Add the tapioca and stir well with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the dough to a standing mixer.
  • Turn the mixer on for a few minutes and the dough is smooth and barely warm to the touch.
  • Add the eggs one at a time. The mixture will look like frosting.
  • Add the cheese a little at a time. Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape down the sides with a large spatula to make sure all the ingredients are combined, the dough will be like a thick cake batter or runny cookie dough.
  • Press plastic wrap down on the dough. Chill the dough in the fridge or freezer until it is stiff enough to form into small balls. Wet your hands and roll into 2" balls.
  • Place the pan in the oven and immediately turn down to 350, baking for about 10-15 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat. Rotate and bake another 10-15 minutes. The rolls will be golden and look dry on top.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before eating.
  • Serve while warm.


Store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator.
To reheat, place in 350 degree oven for 8 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Pao De Queijo
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 28.6mg10%
Carbohydrates 14.4g5%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 4.8g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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