Make Your Own Brazilian Cheese Puffs
These cheese puffs are such a delight to look at (and eat...duh), which makes the prospect of making them at home even more appealing. Elaine Louie at the Diner's Journal has the recipe and is sharing it with everyone, including Will. Check it out:
Each week, Brazilian Specialty Foods in North Bergen, N.J. makes about 24,000 pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese puffs that are chewy on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside. Mixing, shaping and baking pounds of the gooey dough would require too much time and labor for the 15 Brazilian restaurants in New York City that buy the company’s bread.
But baking a small batch at home is no trouble.
The golden little breads are chewy because they are made with tapioca starch, not flour. What makes them savory is the mix of Parmesan and pecorino Romano cheeses. In Brazil, they are eaten with cafezinho, a tiny cup of coffee, with wine, and as appetizers preceding dinners.