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Chef John's Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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45 m servings 109
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 pao de queijo)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Per Serving: 109 calories; 6.1 11.3 2.3 20 140 Full nutrition

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There will probably be a couple of questions that will come up a ton so I thought I would post the answers and perhaps keep people from hesitating to make the recipe. First, he uses only one egg...

lt turned out fantastic.... my non-gluten free sons ate it and liked it as well.

These are so good. I couldn’t get mine as smooth on the outside, but the chewy inside and taste were spot on. I did a half batch like the video for my family of three and there are none left.

These cheese buns (aka Chipa) are delicious. Ever since I started eating gluten free, I've made these buns frequently. Everyone enjoys them. They are warm, gooey, cheesy comfort food. If you are...

I dont even need to eat gluten free, but I cant stop eating these! So good!!!!!

Yummy ! Great taste. I add the black Sesame seeds. Thanks.