Nat Pyper, Pão de Queijo

my mom made this for us growing up
i associate it with brazilian dinners and the ubiquitous corner bakeries in rio de janeiro

pão de queijo (cheese bread ;-P)

12-ish pieces

okay here’s what you need


now we’re ready to bake :-0

  1. preheat the oven to 450° ~ we’ll reduce the temp later
  2. put water, oil, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil (scary!! but safe) ~ i usually cover with a lid in case of splashing and keep the lid on until i’ve turned off the burner
  3. add the tapioca flour to the bowl while the mixture is heating
  4. once the mixture is boiling, turn off the burner, let it settle for a couple seconds, then pour onto the tapioca flour; mix thoroughly
  5. add the egg, g.y., and cheese; mix thoroughly
  6. what is the texture like? it should be viscous and stick to itself; add more g.y. or cheese as necessary until you have the desired consistency
  7. prime the pan ~ i usually spray one cupcake cup with spam, then use a paper towel it to dab up the excess oil and spread it to the other cups
  8. put a spoonful of the batter into each cup ~ leave a little room between the top of the batter and the top of each cup
  9. put the pan into the oven and reduce to 350°
  10. bake for 25-30 minutes ~ basically until it’s golden on top, but not too crunchy! the final consistency of the bread should be elastic and chewy but not gooey

time to eat he he he >:-]