My kids love cheese breads, my family does too and everyone we have had over for play-dates does as well. They are always a hit with the kids!
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We live in Miami, Florida and the best thing about Miami besides beaches & weather is its diversity. It’s the perfect setting for a cross-cultural family like ours. We have friends from around the world, our kids are growing up appreciating different cultures and the culinary experience in Miami reflects its population’s diversity.
Several Latin restaurants and bakeries here in Miami offer cheese breads. They all have variations of this snack and people from different regions in Latin America will recognize the differences down to the cheese used or type of flour. In Brazil, cheese breads are called pao de queijo, in Bolivia they are called cunapes, in Paraguay they are called chipas, some bakeries call them pan de bono or pan de queso too.
I don’t pretend to cook the cheese breads like any of the above countries, instead I came up with my own recipe that is pretty similar in ingredients and texture. The main ingredient of the cheese bread is yuca flour or tapioca flour. Some countries call it cassava flour. Tapioca flour is naturally gluten free. So these cheese breads are gluten free too!
My kids eat the breads as snack, I eat them in the afternoon with a coffee and I noticed my husband last night just added ham & cheese in one and ate it as a sandwich slider.
Gluten Free Cheese Breads
- 1 stick butter unsalted
- 3 cups tapioca flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup swiss cheese shredded
- 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 0.5 tbsp salt
- Melt butter in microwave and put it aside.
- Mix flour, eggs and cheese in a deep bowl. I used a wooden spoon but you can do this in the food processor if you have one.
- Add milk, salt and baking powder and continue mixing.
- Add butter and mix until you have a sticky dough.
- You can separate the dough in small pieces (meatball size) and use your hands to create the shape. Place them on top of a baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Or alternatively use a muffin tin.
- Turn oven on at 400 degrees F. Once oven is hot, bake for about 15 minutes in the bottom rack or until the bread looks golden-brown.
- Let them cool for 10 minutes, serve with tea, coffee or just as snacks.
Thank for the recipe. I was wondering have you made these with olive oil instead of butter?
Hi Louis, no I haven’t!! They’d definitely be healthier with olive oil. Also, use less oil than butter! Yucca flour is a bit tricky, even different brands of flour change the recipe a bit. If you happen to try with olive oil, please let me know how they come out. Good luck:)
Cheese and bread; two of my favorite items combined into one. This makes my heart sing.
Thank you!! It really is Yummy, i mostly bake them for my kids but i’m not going to lie, i eat them myself too 😂. I just have to watch quantity because i don’t want to gain weight.
Thank You so much for sharing such a mouth watering recipe. Will try it for sure ♥
Thank you Jyoti!!
Interesting you used tapioca flour as substitute. Does it come out abit gooey ? I will give your recipe a try !
The dough is pretty sticky and that’s why i use the muffin tin instead of doing each round shape by hand. But once baked, it’s perfect.
If you notice my recipe uses a lot of cheese, because i love the flavor but if you want it a bit less gooey you can decrease the amount of cheese.
this is so amazing.I am gone try this out.
I’m allergic to gluten and I miss good bread so bad! I’m so glad I found this recipe! It reminds me of the cheesy muffins they serve at Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ restaurant.
Thank you Kristy, i have never been to that restaurant but i’ll look it up!!
I know it’s hard sometimes to find everything gluten free so i hope you enjoy this bread.
I love breads regardless of the type. . Though watching my weight, I still squeeze bread in once or two times weekly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea of gluten free cheese bread
Wow . I want to test it .. its looking so fresh and yummy..
Thank you Juna, you’ll love it:)
They look so yummy. This is something I need to try. I haven’t tried gluten free yet.
Amé la receta la he probado a 3260msnm y me salieron perfectos!
Gracias Caro 😘
These look delicious. I will definitely give the recipes a try.
Thank you Terrie, you won’t regret it!! The dough might look different than other bread dough, might be a bit more sticky other than that it’s very simple.
These cheese breads look so moorish! And I didn’t realise their connection to different food cultures – how interesting! Thanks for the recipe..
Miami is a melting pot and I have tried different versions of this recipe. It’s remarkable how such a simple recipe can have so many different cultural variations. Thank you:)