Brazilian Cheese Rolls Recipe

Brazilian Cheese Rolls Recipe
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
February 18, 2022

Brazilian Cheese Rolls: One of the Best Brazilian National Dishes

It's time to travel to Latin America with this Brazilian Cheese Rolls recipe from The Latin America Cookbook.

Brazilian Cheese Roll, or pão de queijo, is an unleavened, naturally gluten-free roll with a thin shell and elastic center that is ubiquitous in snack bars and bakeries all around Brazil.

Its exact origins are murky, though it is believed that slaves in the state of Minas Gerais made a simple bread from leftover yuca starch, or tapioca, on farms where wheat didn't grow well.

Later, probably in the late nineteenth century when the dairy industry in Minas began to develop, milk and cheese were added.

20 minutes
20 minutes


1 egg
175 g (1 1/2 cups) tapioca flour
80 g (1/8 cup) olive oil
160 g (2/3 cup) milk
65 g (1/4 cup) Minas cheese, or any semi-soft aged cheese, shredded

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200 ºC (400 °F).
  2. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, and knead with a dough hook until you have a smooth dough. Alternately knead the dough by hand.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized balls.
  4. Place them on an oven tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.
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