These are naturally gluten-free baked snacks from Brazil using tapioca or potato starch and strong cheese. Enjoy these cheese puffs at breakfast, as an afternoon snack or at parties. Children love them too!
Course Appetizer, baking, Breakfast, Kids' Snacks, Party Food
Cuisine Brazilian, Vegetarian
150gEmmental cheese, grated (or Monterey Jack or mature Cheddar)
½tspground nutmeg (optional)
250g tapioca or potato starch
2eggs, lightly beaten
Gather all the ingredients together.
Preparing the dough
In a large pot, heat the milk, oil, salt, white pepper and nutmeg on medium heat for 7 minutes. It should reach 90°C/195°F. If you don’t have a food thermometer, after 7 minutes you will know it has reached the right temperature as the milk mixture will appear frothy with some light bubbling.
Add the tapioca starch and mix well using a wooden spoon until the mixture is just combined. Don’t be put off if you notice the dough looking straggly and crumbly.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Add the eggs and grated cheese to the tapioca mixture.
Beat well for around 5 minutes using a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. You could use a stand mixer for this step if you prefer.
Cover with a tea towel and rest for 20 minutes.
Baking the Cheese Puffs
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
Line several baking trays with baking paper or silicone mats. Using a small 4cm ice-cream scoop or large tablespoon, place each dough ball 5cm apart.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden.
The bottom of each puff should have a nice crisp finish.
Serve immediately as a snack or a side to salads or soups.
Best eaten on the same day
Can be reheated in the oven for 5 minutes covered with foil
Suitable to freeze unbaked dough balls. No need to defrost. Can be baked straight from frozen
Try different fillings by adding small pieces of ham, green olives or small pieces of pickled artichoke together with the cheese. If you fancy some spice, adding some chopped pickled jalepeños will give a nice heat.
Keyword gluten-free brazilian cheese puffs, gluten-free pao de queijo