Pao de Queijo is a Brazilian cheese bread – it is similar to American popovers, except.. they are made with tapioca flour/starch in lieu of regular all purpose flour.
You can find tapioca flour on Amazon for a great price – I would recommend Bob’s Red Mill brand. If unable to find tapioca flour, you can also try looking for Arrowroot Flour as that is very similar. Avoid using coconut flour or almond flour – the recipe will not work as those flours are completely different.
I mistakingly tripled this recipe by accident and that was the best thing I could have done! My kids practically inhale them!
Over the last year we have made quite a few gluten-free and grain-free family favorites – Paleo Dinner Rolls, Pan de Yuca (SO good!), and Jalapeno and Squash Bread. We have even used our garden zucchini to make the best Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Muffins that have no refined sugar and are grain/gluten free.
Mix these puffs up in the mixer or the blender – if you opt for the mixer, add the tapioca flour last and 1/2 C. at a time because if you add it too fast or add too much at once, the flour will gum up the blade. And that is quite a mess.
Does it matter what oil you use? You know, I’m going to tell you to stay away from vegetable oil and corn oil and go with a reputable, better extra virgin olive oil if you can. We use Queen Creek Olive Mill Olive Oil – they are a sustainable olive farm and mill and they produce Arizona’s only extra virgin olive oil. (If you aren’t in Arizona they offer free domestic shipping this September with purchases $75 or more too).
Back to our cheese bread …
The batter on these puffs is very liquid. Pour that batter into a greased mini muffin pan, filling each cup to the top rim. Pop that in your preheated oven and bake for 14-15 minutes until a light golden brown. As they bake, they will rise just like popovers – you may be tempted to open the oven in excitement, but please don’t do it or you will lose that beautiful rise on your puffs!
Despite the battery being very liquid, once they bake up, they will be the most delectable, perfect little cheesy, soft knobs of yumminess.
A mini muffin pan works best – but if you are without, then use a larger muffin pan – just understand that your final count will be significantly less (in which case you may want to double the recipe).