pao de queijo

posted on: Monday, August 30, 2010

In the next three weeks I will be eating a lot of pao de queijos
because today I fly out to Brazil.
I mean Brasil.
Ready? Set- Eat!

I'm so excited about having a nice big slice of Brazilian pizza with hearts of palm on top, pastel, sugar cane juice, churrasco, and Sao Paulo style sushi. You would too if you there there. 

I wish you were there.

Wouldn't that be so fun? We could go out to eat together and we could go to the beach. Oh, so fun. I'll be in Sao Paulo for a week and in Bahia (Northeastern part of Brazil) for 2 weeks. I'll post when I can so you can get a taste of Brazil via web. I know it's not as satisfying, I'm sorry. However, while you enjoy the last bit of your summer in the Northern hemisphere you can make a really easy Brazilian recipe right there in your kitchen.

Meet pao de Queijo. Actually it's pão de queijo and that "a" with the squiggly thing on top is a beast to pronounce. Here, you can listen to it and practice while you wait for these to come out of the oven.  

A pao de queijo is a Brazilian cheese bread. It's made from tapioca starch and parmesan cheese and it's super good and hard to have just one.

O.K, so this is what you need to find somewhere somehow you need to find Sour Starch or ask for Yucca starch. The Mexican or Latino markets should have it. If you can't get find it I'll bring you back some.

So now the recipe or as we say in Portuguese receita   (By the time I come back you're going to be fluent)

Pao de Queijo
(printable version)

  • 1 packet (500 g) of sour starch
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Add the milk, eggs, sour starch, oil and salt in a blender and mix on high until it is smooth.
  3. Add the parmesan cheese and baking powder and mix until well incoorporated (about 10-15 seconds)
  4. Pour the mixture in a muffin tin, about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm.
Can't wait to show you pictures of my favorite eateries. Can't wait to be there!
See you soon.

ps. My wonderful friend Tricia shared this recipe with me. If you read Portuguese you need to check out her blog.
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