Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)

Pão de queijo is simple to make and delicious


  • 500 g of cassava sour starch (Polvilho azedo)
  • 100 ml of water
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 100 ml of oil
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g of grated cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • Boil 100 ml water, 100 ml milk, and 100 ml of oil altogether
  • Meanwhile, mix the sour starch with salt and 200 ml warm water (mix well using the hands)
  • Add the boiling solution to the dough and mix well using a spoon
  • Beat the two eggs and add to the dough
  • Add the cheese
  • Mix the dough until homogeneous
  • Make small balls (or little piles) and bake them in the oven at 200 °C for 15 - 20 min or until they are golden coloured (time will depend on the size of the balls


  • I like to keep the dough in the fridge for a while before backing.
  • I usually store the dough in the fridge to use the next day. I add a bit of oil to the surface of the dough and cover it to conserve moisture.
  • I have also used sweet cassava starches (Polvilho doce). It works well, but my family prefers Pão de queijo made of cassava sour starch (Polvilho azedo).