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Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

Chewy and cheesy Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) is so addictive! Made with naturally gluten free ingredients and two kinds of cheese, these soft biscuits are easy to make and bake to golden perfection.
Prep Time22 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Breads, Breakfast, Breakfast/ Snack
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: Brazilian Cheese Bread, Pao de Queijo Recipe
Servings: 12 cheese bread
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 2 cups tapioca flour + 1 tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese


  • In a medium bowl stir in tapioca flour and salt. Set aside
    tapioca flour in a bowl
  • Boil milk and oil until mixture starts to rise. Keep an eye on this, once boiling milk will rise quickly. When removed from heat the milk and oil will separate again.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread ingredients inside a pan
  • Pour hot milk mixture on to flour bowl. Using a wooden spoon start to stir slowly, allowing mixture to cool down for a bit but don't over work the mixture at this point.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread ingredients inside a bowl
  • Add in the egg. Notice the dough and milk aren't fully combined. Now you can start to work the dough until it forms into a ball. When the dough is just about formed add in cheeses and work it into the dough.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread ingredients inside a bowl
  • You can do this by hand, I find it much easier (photo instructions are in the post). If dough appears too sticky, use additional tablespoon of tapioca flour however the nature of the dough is sticky and gluey. The additional flour is so that it is easy to roll into balls.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread dough
  • Oil the palm of your hands as well as a scoop. Scoop up the dough and then form into balls.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread dough in form of balls
  • Place cheese bread balls onto a lined baking sheet leaving about an inch or two of space in between each cheese ball.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread balls in a baking sheet
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 25 minutes or until cheese bread is golden. Use the top shelf in your oven so the cheese bread won't burn on the bottom.
    Brazilian Cheese Bread baked


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.4mg