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Brazilian cheese bread is very easy to make, and features a chewy, cheesy, bready center, encased in a beautiful, thin, pastry crust. It also happens to be gluten free, thanks to tapioca flour, which is also responsible for the very unique texture. Happily, the ingredients are fairly inexpensive, which means you can play around with a few batches and see for yourself.



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


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Place tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Combine milk, olive oil, and salt in a pan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Immediately remove from heat and pour into the bowl with the tapioca. Mix until a shaggy dough starts to form. Let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, eggs, and cayenne. Stir with a fork until thoroughly combined. Use an ice cream scoop to portion dough onto a silicone-lined baking sheet. Poke down any jagged bits using a wet finger if desired.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Chef's Notes:

Substitute vegetable oil for the olive oil, if desired.

Instead of using an ice cream scoop you can either add more flour to the dough and roll it into balls or add more liquid, pour it into muffin cups, and bake these like popovers. The taste will be the same but the texture will change.

Nutrition Facts

109 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 11.3g; fat 6.1g; cholesterol 19.6mg; sodium 140mg. Full Nutrition