Pão de Queijo

What I love about the olympics is getting to learn about the different cultures, and of course watching the US win gold medals. Since the olympics this year are in Rio de Janeiro,  the Brazilian culture and cuisine has become the topic of interest. The few weeks ago, we got to house one of our friends from Brazil. Before leaving us, she left us with a few of her family recipes to try out, like Pão de Queijo.
IMG_1234 I have never had a real Pão de Queijo and thus didn’t know what to expect. I followed the recipe we were given and was happily surprised. I shared these with some of my friends and they were hit (and apparently tasted like the real deal Pão de Queijo from Brazil)! Test out these for your next olympic viewing party for a taste of Brazil and come home with the gold medal!

Pão de Queijo

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Print


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups parmesans cheese, feta works too
  • 200g Manioc Starch (Yoki Polvilho Doce), more if necessary
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a small bowl, mix together the milk, egg, and oil. Set aside.

In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together  the salt, cheese, manioc starch, and baking powder. While mixing on a slow speed, slowly add the milk mixture. The dough should begin to thicken and resemble a cake batter.

Cover and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Slowly mix again. Dough should begin to be moldable and smooth. If not, slowly add in some more manioc starch.

Lightly dust your hand with manioc starch. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart from each other on a baking sheet or in a mini muffin tin (that’s what I did). Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they begin to become golden.

Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Bom Apetite!


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