Cheesy parmesan bites made with tapioca starch! Well and some other ingredients too. So addictive! They're great to have for tea or snacks. Best eaten warm. Do try these super delish cheesy bites, or also known as Brazilian cheese bread (pao de queijo).
Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)
- 1 cup milk (250 ml)
- ½ cup olive oil (125 ml)
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups tapioca starch (500 gr)
- 3 eggs
- 9 oz grated parmesan cheese (250 gr)
- In a pot, add in milk, olive oil and salt. Stir everything and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat off and set aside.
- In a bowl, add in tapioca starch. Slowly and carefully pour in the hot milk mixture while mixing everything together at the same time, using a wooden spoon. Mix everything as much as you can.
- Once the mixture is not that hot to handle, mix everything with your hand. It will look crumbly.
- Add in 3 eggs and immediately mix everything together. Then add in parmesan. Mix to incorporate everything and then knead until nothing sticks to your hand. It's going to take a few minutes but don't worry.
- Take a piece of dough and form it into 1 inch balls. Place them on a baking tray with a baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400ºF (200ºC) for 25 minutes or until the cheese turns golden brown and the balls are fully cooked. Best eaten warm, enjoy!
What If My Dough Is Sticky (Updated)
- Don't worry. Different flour brands have different results. I know because I tested some brands. Here's what you should do:
- Leave the sticky dough covered for 10-15 minutes. It's going to be more manageable by then. Using a 1 ½ tbsp (20 ml) ice cream scoop, scoop the dough onto a baking tray with baking sheet (leaving 1 inch apart).
- Then roll the balls on your hand to get smooth balls. Finally bake as instructed.