Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Hello everyone! I hope you all have a healthy and happy holidays & happy new year! I was browsing the internetz for different culture’s cuisines and came across this recipe of Brazilian Cheese Bread.  This bread is absolutely delicious, and glutinous. The Brazilian cheese bread has a nice cheese crust, then inside is this soft chewy cheesy texture. & what’s great is that it’s gluten free & a great alternative to cut down the carbohydrates! Here are the ingredients below.

Brazilian Cheese Bread Ingredients

Brazilian Cheese Bread Ingredients


1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup of water

1/3 cup of milk

1 tsp of salt

~2 tsp of minced garlic/ garlic powder

2 beaten eggs (room temperature)

*2/3 cup queso fresco/ any cheese you’d like

*2 cups of tapioca flour/ sour cassava flour


*I couldn’t find shredded queso fresco in my grocery store, so I substitued with a Mexican blended cheese*

*If you cannot find sour cassava flour, just use tapioca flour.  You can try an ethnic or Spanish store/ the internetz to find it.*

  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F
  • Pour oil, water, milk, and salt in a saucepan & heat to a boil on high heat.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, quickly pour in your flour and garlic into the saucepan.
  • Mix until combined, and has is slightly smooth. It might look a bit like cottage cheese, that’s okay.
  • Set aside to cool for ~10-20 minutes.

  • Once cooled, add in your beaten eggs and cheese. Stir until combined. It might look a bit weird to you (like yellow cottage cheese). It doesn’t sound that appealing but I promise you the end product will taste scrumptious!
  • If your mixture looks a bit too wet, you may add a bit more tapioca flour.  If you bake the cheese bread when the mixture is too wet, the outside will have a nice cheese crust but the inside will have a weird wet chewy consistency.
  • I made 1/4 cup cheese balls, and laid them out on a baking sheet.  However, you can definitely make them whatever size you want! Just make sure you adjust the time; I’d say the smaller you make them, probably bake them in less time & vice versa for the bigger ones.

  • Bake until the cheese balls have developed a nice golden brown color, ~15-25 minutes.


I hope you guys like enjoyed this recipe, I can eat like 10 of these in one sitting….they’re quite addicting. These are perfect snacks, a substitute for dinner rolls, and possibly a gluten free option to the infamous cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster!

All you need to do, is substitute the oil with butter. Add some herbs like thyme and parsley. Use shredded cheddar cheese. Done. 🙂

I wish you all a very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!


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