Pão de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Puffs

Recently, I've been craving so much for Brazilian food. I guess it was ever since i had the priviledge to eat feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew) at one of the Brazilian restaurants in Sydney: Favela. It was so good and quite authentic and now it makes me miss Brazilian food even more...every single bit of it - from main dishes to snacks! Been thinking of going back to my roots and start making some Brazilian dishes...soh pra matar a saudade! At first, i was determined to make feijoada, but gave up on the idea because i found out that it isn't easy to get the ingredients here, at least not in Canberra. Thus i decided to make something easy and that brings back good memories of my childhood: Pao de queijo! I still remember the days in middle school when i would line up in canteen queues just to get a hot and deliciously soft pao de queijo during recess. Awww.

So here is the recipe:
- 300ml of milk
- 125g of unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tbsp of salt
- 450g of tapioca starch
- 2 large eggs or 3 small eggs
- 150g of parmesan cheese (the ones that you sprinkle on top of your pasta)

1) Bring the milk, melted unsalted butter and the salt to boil
2) Remove the pot from the fire and add the tapioca starch in portions, mixing with a wooden spoon after each addition. It will eventually form something that look like a 'semi-dough'
3) Leave it to cool
4) Add one egg at a time and a portion of the parmesan cheese to the 'semi-dough' and knead it. Repeat the process until you get a smooth dough (something that resembles to a bread dough)
5) Make small/medium balls with the dough
6) Pre-heat oven to 180C and bake the cheese balls for around 20 minutes or until they are slightly brown on the top.

6 snowdrop meringues:

Nancy said...

These cheese balls are nice!
I was blessed to be able to taste them a few years ago when u made them! =)

Sue said...

Thanks for letting us have a taste, they were yummy

jane said...

nom nom nom. nom nom nom nom nommmmmm

Yuki said...

AWWWWWWWWWWW...Nancy didn't get to eat it last sunday =_="
Sue, you can make them now =) hehehhe...just reminding u that ur place will smell like parmesan while making it..hehehe
Jane: WOAAAAAAH...u even have harmony going on while eating =P

Anonymous said...

These look delicious =)
was wondering where in canberra you got the tapioca flour from??

Yuki said...

Hi anonymous,
I got the tapioca flour from Asian groceries =) the packaging is very simple and it's usually near the other types of flour i.e.: glutinous rice flour, starch flour, rice flour, etc...

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