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Today we’re going to learn to make pão de queijo, probably one of the most famous snacks to come from Minas Gerais, in the Southeast of Brazil. In Minas Gerais and most other parts of the country, the crispy on the outside chewy on the inside “cheese bread,” is served fresh from the oven at breakfast or during an afternoon snack with coffee. The main ingredient besides cheese is sweet cassava flour (also known as manion or yuca flour) which can be found in Brazilian stores, or large supermarket chains in the “International Foods,” aisle.
I’m going to share with you my Mineira mother’s recipe so I hope you enjoy and let us know how they came out!
Pão de Queijo (Cheese Bread/Bun)
– 1 pacote de polvilho doce de 500 gramas (500 g package of sweet cassava flour)
– 1 copo de leite (1 cup of milk)
– ½ copo de óleo vegetal (½ cup vegetable oil)
– sal a gosto (salt to taste)
– 2 ovos grandes (2 large eggs)
– ¾ kilo queijo minas ralado ( ¾ kg shredded Minas cheese)
Modo de Preparo (Preparation)
Serve quente com café! (Serve warm with coffee!)
*If you do not have queijo minas, look for about 2 or 3 different shredded cheeses (about 3 of those Kraft packages usually works well) – at least one bitter like a parmesian and one not so bitter like a mozzarella should work well!
** This recipe makes a lot of pão de queijo. You can freeze whatever dough is leftover and keep a supply for whenever you have a craving!