Photo: Rodrigo Gianesi
These delicious little cheese breads are popular throughout Brazil, particularly in the state of Minas Gerais where they supposedly were invented. They can be purchased from street stalls or bakeries but are also surprisingly easy to make at home. The smell of freshly baked pão de queijo is phenomenal.
260g of manioc or cassava flour
240ml full fat milk
2 large eggs
60ml vegetable or rapeseed oil
90g grated strong, hard cheese
A pinch of salt
Begin by preheating the oven 230°c or gas mark 8. Add the milk, water, oil and a pinch of salt into a saucepan and bring to the boil, removing as soon as it does. Quickly add the manioc or cassava flour to the mixture and stir into a paste. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the beaten eggs and cheese. Mix well. Pour the mixture into mini cake tins and cook in the oven for around 25-30 minutes.