Brazilian Cheese Bread Rolls - Pao de Queijo

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pao de Queijo) – Gluten-Free!

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Can you believe these mouthwatering bread rolls are gluten-free?  This authentic Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao De Queijo) is naturally gluten-free and tastes amazing!

Pao De Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Bread - Gluten-Free!

I love cheese and I love bread, so when I first heard about this Brazilian cheese bread, I had to make it immediately!  My two favorite foods combined together – deliciousness! The Brazilian name of this bread is Pao De Queijo, which means “Cheese Bread” in Portugese.

This Brazilian Cheese Bread is an authentic Pao De Queijo recipe, made the same way they make it in Brazil!  Cheese bread is very popular in Brazil and is widely available in their supermarkets and bakeries.  If you are outside of Brazil and want to eat this amazing bread, you’ll just have to make it yourself :)

Pao de Queijo - Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Bread

Now here’s the best news: Brazilian Cheese Bread is GLUTEN-FREE! This is not some gluten-free version of a real bread – this IS the real cheese bread! Pao De Queijo is supposed to be gluten-free, and it tastes amazing!

If you are on a gluten-free diet and are craving a chewy warm REAL bread roll, you are going to go absolutely crazy about this recipe!  These cheese bread rolls are very chewy – the chewiness comes from all the cheese!  They are toothsome, chewy and addictive, with some real texture – oh yeah!

Brazilian Cheese Bread - Pao De Queijo

Brazilian cheese bread is using tapioca flour, which is widely available in large supermarkets.  Tapioca flour is all natural and gluten-free.  It is made from a starch extracted from Cassava plant root.  Cassava is a native Brazil plant, so tapioca flour is really popular there!

These amazing Brazilian cheese bread rolls are an absolute must for all gluten-free bakers.   Their delicious cheesy chewiness will keep you begging for more!

How To Make Brazilian Cheese Bread - Pao de Queijo

How To Make Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao De Queijo): Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Bring liquid to boil

Combine water, milk and oil in a saucepan and bring to boil.  Once it comes to boil, remove from heat immediately.

How To Make Brazilian Cheese Bread - Step 1

Step 2: Stir In Tapioca Flour

Add the tapioca flour to the saucepan and stir until combined.

How To Make Pao de Queijo - Step 2

Step 3: Whisk the eggs

Whisk the eggs in a bowl until the look like the picture below:


Step 4: Add whisked eggs

Add the whisked eggs to the tapioca mixture.

Making Brazilian Cheese Bread

Step 5: Add Parmesan cheese

Add grated Parmesan cheese to the tapioca mixture

Pao de Queijo Step By Step Instructions

Step 6: Mix until combined

Stir the mixture with a spoon until well combined.  The texture will resemble sticky cottage cheese.

homemade Pao de Queijo

Step 7: Shape into balls

Take the mixture by a heaping tablespoon

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Bread

Put it in your hand

Brazillian Cheese Bread Rolls

Drop onto a a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and shape into a ball.

Brazilian Cheese Balls

Here are the Brazilian Cheese Bread Rolls (Pao De Queijo) ready to be baked!

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Bread Balls

Step 8: Bake Brazilian Cheese Bread In The Oven

Bake Pao De Queijo in pre-heated 375F oven for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy the deliciousness!

This Brazilian cheese bread is extremely filling – no wonder in Brazil it is a popular breakfast food!  Stuck in a breakfast rut?  You need these delicious filling Brazilian cheese rolls!  They are also great as an accompaniment to soup, and amazing dunked into a marinara sauce!

Brazilian Cheese Bread Rolls - Pao de Queijo

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe (Pao de Queijo) - Gluten-Free!
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This recipe makes authentic Brazilian cheese bread rolls (Pao de Queijo). These breads are so yummy and cheesy, and they are gluten-free!
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 8 servings
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • ⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Pour oil, water and milk into a saucepan, add salt and stir. Heat it over High heat just until the mixture comes to a boil. When it comes to a boil, remove it from heat immediately. Add the tapioca flour and stir until smooth. Set aside and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk the eggs in another bowl and set aside.
  5. When the milk mixture cooled down, add the Parmesan cheese and eggs to it, and mix until combined. The mixture will be chunky and have the texture like cottage cheese.
  6. Put rounded ¼ cup balls of mixture on a baking sheet.
  7. Put the cheese bread in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops of the bread rolls are golden-brown.
The texture of this cheese bread is supposed to be chewy and cheesy.



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4 replies
  1. Mary Ann Barrucci
    Mary Ann Barrucci says:

    Your ingredient list states vegetable oil but your directions say pour olive oil… Which is it, olive or vegetable, as I’m sure it will make a difference. If it is olive is EVOO okay or just plain olive oil? Thank you! Want to make this bread to go with my italian sauce with meatballs etc.


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