My husband spent some time in Brazil as an English teacher and this was one of his favorite breads! It is simply delicious and we love serving it with other traditional Brazilian foods (rice, beans, etc). These are best when they are served warm.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cheese buns
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

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  • Bring water, milk, oil, and salt to boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; add tapioca starch and mix well. Let cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Transfer tapioca mixture to a large bowl. Add egg and mix well to combine. Fold in Parmesan cheese and knead until dough is smooth but still sticky.

  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll into a small ball; place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Manioc starch ("Polvilho Dolce") is traditionally used in this recipe. Use it instead of the tapioca if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

69 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 7.6g 3% DV; fat 3.6g 6% DV; cholesterol 11.1mg 4% DV; sodium 104.9mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2020
I love these. I feel like the waiting 15 min is so the egg doesn’t cook with the hot dough. Also if you make a double batch cook them separately initially because the tapioca flour will not bind correctly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2017
Batter was so runny that I added another cup of tapioca starch. Then bread balls flattened and did not puff in oven. The result was chewy toasted cheese pancakes. The flavor was good. I will try another version of this recipe. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 5
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2018
Followed the recipe and turned out great, Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2020
I love these. I feel like the waiting 15 min is so the egg doesn’t cook with the hot dough. Also if you make a double batch cook them separately initially because the tapioca flour will not bind correctly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
Love it I didn’t wait the 10 to 15 min and taste awesome Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2017
Batter was so runny that I added another cup of tapioca starch. Then bread balls flattened and did not puff in oven. The result was chewy toasted cheese pancakes. The flavor was good. I will try another version of this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2016
Yum. Read More