14.11.09

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)

Method:
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.
Enjoy!



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 =_="
SORRY~~~
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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