Batter can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to one week.
You can also try adding a variety of herb seasonings, such as Italian seasoning or oregano.
Don’t be concerned if the rolls sink in the middle. It’s perfectly normal for them to sink down in the centers and they taste exactly the same!
Pão de queijo
is a typical Brazilian snack, originally from the states Minas Gerais and Goiás, they are usually eaten with “cafezinho”
, a tiny cup of coffee (like expresso coffee), or with wine or beer, in most of all birthday parties and as appetizers preceding dinners. They are also served with with a glass of ice cold Guarana (Brazilian soda)!
, and it’s actually easier to find than you might think. It’s really smooth, soft flour that feels much like cornstarch. It’s made from the ground roots of the cassava (also called yuca) plant and it’s gluten free for those of you that care about that. You can find Tapioca Starch/Flour
on Amazon, for a relatively good price – or, check the gluten free isle of your well stocked local grocer. You can also find tapioca flour at Asian and Latin American markets as it’s used in a lot of their cooking, and also at health food stores and places like Whole Foods where you can find a good selection of wheat flour alternatives.
The only substitute you can use are: Sour Manioc Starch - Polvilho Azedo
or Polvilho Doce
as they are pretty much the same. You can NOT substitute any other type of flour, I would NOT recommend using Rice, Coconut or Almond Flour as that will change the texture completely. The tapioca flour is key, so when you find a good place to buy it, stock up!
If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, feel free to use a larger muffin pan – your final count will be significantly less.