Pan de Queso (Brazilian Cheese Buns)


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
24 cheese buns


  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¼ cup oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups tapioca starch

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

69 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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