Make Brazilian Cheese Bread for Your World Cup Snacking Pleasure

Pao de queijo | Photo: Debra Liu

By Debra Liu

The World Cup is here and if you can’t make it to Brazil to enjoy the games, bring a little Brazilian food to your table with my favorite cheese bread in the world: pao de queijo, a gluten-free cheese bread that is a popular breakfast and snack item in Brazil – and best of all, it’s really quick and easy to whip up.

I had my first taste of these amazing little balls of cheesy chewiness at Calle Ocho and I must have eaten at least 10 (more like 15) in one sitting. Clearly, they’re incredibly addictive. Be careful.

Pao de queijo | Photo: Debra Liu
Pao de queijo | Photo: Debra Liu

Here’s a recipe:


  • 1 cup milk (either whole milk or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups tapioca flour*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups shredded cups of Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano Cheese blend (you can pretty much use any cheese. In Brazil, Minas cheese is typically used.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Combine milk, oil and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk and bring to gentle boil. Remove from heat when it starts bubbling.
  3. Add the tapioca flour and mix until incorporated and smooth.
  4. Mix the eggs into the mixture.
  5. Add the cheese into the mixture and mix until well incorporated. The dough should be sticky, stretchy and soft.
  6. Using a small tablespoon measure, scoop mounds of dough and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. I like to use my hands to round the balls.
  7. Place the balls into the oven and turn down the heat to 350. Bake for 25 minutes, until the balls have puffed and the outside is dry with a bit of color.
  8. Cool for 5 min and eat. Some people eat them with ketchup; I like them the way they are but will sometimes enjoy with salsa.
  9. Leftover cheese balls can be stored in tupperware for about a week. Must be heated become consuming again because they taste better warm!

*Tapioca flour is a bit difficult to find. I usually get mine at Whole Foods. Latin American markets will sell them as well.

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