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.