When taking part in the World Cup Foodie Challenge, I looked up a recipe for Brazilian Cheese Bread. As long as you can get your hands on some tapioca/cassava flour, it's dead easy to make.
Pão de Queijo
1 & 1/2 cups of tapioca or cassava flour
1/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup grated cheese
smoked ham (optional)
Funnily enough, when my Brazilian-themed Kitchen Trotter box arrived, it had a box of Brazilian Cheese Bread mix in it so I cheated and used that. Looking at the ingredients list on the box, it's pretty much the same recipe as the one above though.
Empty the pack (or the dry ingredients) into a bowl. It's quite a rough texture, more like a lumpy cornflour than regular flour.
Add the wet ingredients from the list (or 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of water if using the mix).
Mix it all up into a smooth dough.
Following the recipe suggestion from Kitchen Trotter, I decided to add 200g chopped smoked ham, which worked really well. Bacon, chorizo or Parma ham would all work too.
Roll the mix into golfball-sized balls and place on a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven at 180° for 25 minutes.
These make lovely chewy, gooey nibbles that are delicious served hot or cold.
The whole lot disappeared in record time and I've been told I definitely have to make these again !
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