Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pão de Queijo)

by Pamela

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pão de Queijo)

Did you give up gluten for the new year and you’re just craving bread in the worst way? Have I got a recipe for you. Not only is it gluten free, but you can have it on the table in less than 30 minutes. This Brazilian cheese bread recipe, Pão de Queijo, is going to save you from your cravings.

I found out about this Brazilian cheese bread on TV and became completely obsessed with finding out more about it. I had never heard of such a thing before. Not surprising, since I’ve never been to Brazil or a Brazilian restaurant. Growing up German and Polish does not lend itself to learning about cuisines from Brazil either.

So off to the internets I went and found out lots about this popular treat.

Gluten free Brazilian cheese bread recipe (Pão de Queijo)

I learned that there are several methods for making this bread, all of which are gluten free. One way of making it is with potatoes, on way is to make it like a pâte a choux (the same method used for making eclairs and gougère’s ) and the other is the super easy method for making Brazilian cheese bread…which is the way I make it – in a blender. I’m not one for going out of my way to make things more difficult for myself if I don’t have to. And when it comes to making bread, the faster I get to eat it, the happier I am.

This bread is gluten free because it’s made from tapioca flour (also sometimes called tapioca starch). Bob’s Red Mill makes it so it’s pretty easy to find at most grocery stores. It’s a really fine powder, so expect to have it show up in spots all over your kitchen.

Gluten free Brazilian cheese bread recipe (Pão de Queijo)

My recipe is an interpretation from Elise’s recipe over at Simply Recipes.

The recipe calls for cheese and I used Parmesan, to go with the garlic powder I added, but you could use pretty much any cheese that you can grate for this recipe. Cheddar jalapeño would be delicious too. It also uses a mini muffin pan to make these cute little bites.

They may remind you of gougère’s with their crispy outer shells and light and chewy insides. These are best eaten while they’re still warm so that you get to enjoy that crispy shell. They will soften up the longer they sit, but the flavor is still really great.

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pão de Queijo)
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Gluten free Brazilian cheese bread recipe (Pão de Queijo) is an easy recipe to have on hand that will give you delicious bread in 20 minutes.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 24
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1½ cups tapioca flour/starch
  • ½ cup packed grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease mini muffin pans liberally.
  3. Add all ingredients to blender and blitz until smooth. Scrape down sides a couple of times to make sure everything gets blended together.
  4. Fill muffin tins ¾ full with batter.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until puffy and slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool to the touch.
  7. Remove bread from pan and serve warm.


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sippitysup January 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I did not give up gluten (that should read could not) but that won’t stop me from craving these beauties. GREG

Pamela January 25, 2016 at 11:20 am

and these are very crave worthy Greg. 🙂

Nancie January 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Yass Love! I have a pot of Posole Rojo going for dinner tonight. Shall make these (post haste) to go with it. Question: if I used a sharp Cheddar or M-Jack instead of Parm, should I use the same amount (1/2 c. packed)? Cannot wait to taste these!

Pamela January 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

Hi Nancie. Yes, use the same amount of cheese. What time is dinner…I’m coming over.

John/Kitchen Riffs January 20, 2016 at 10:40 am

I think I’ve been to a Brazilian restaurant once. Just once, alas. It was good — I need to find another one. Didn’t have this, though. I definitely missed out! Terrific recipe — thanks.

Pamela January 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

If you find them on the menu, definitely order them. Better yet, just make them at home. 😉

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