Pao de Queijo | Cheese Bread

Sheetpan with rows of cheese bread


The best thing about being curious or just living in an area where it’s multicultural, is that you find out about a cheese bread that taste so good and is gluten free. Bonus.

Now just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch how many of these you eat in a row. Let me know how it turns out!

Disclaimer: I’m still learning especially baking so my measurements may not be industry standard 🙂.

A link to the YouTube video: Pao de queijo | Cheese Bread


  • Oven
  • Sauce Pan
  • Bowl
  • Scale
  • Ramekin
  • Grater


  • 143 g Tapioca Flour
  • 2.3 oz Olive Oil (or any other neutral tasting oil)
  • 3 oz Milk (I use milk alternatives like almond)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt (I use kosher salt)
  • 48 g Parmesan cheese (Aged cheese to grate or grated)
  • 48 g Mozzarella cheese (Monterrey Jack or any other can work as well)
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400F or 204C
  2. Place the tapioca flour in a mixing bowl.
  3. Heat milk and oil in a sauce pan. Let simmer for a couple of seconds.
  4. Add the hot milk/oil to the tapioca flour and mix well. Once done, set mixing bowl aside for 4 minutes or so while you prepare the other ingredients.
  5. Whip the egg on a separate small container like a ramekin, put aside, then grate the cheeses.
  6. Add all the ingredients back to the mixing bowl.
  7. Mix vigorously – the better you mix it and get a dough-like consistency the nicer the cheese bread will come out. This part can become difficult depending on the tool you use but it's worth it!
  8. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or use a silicone mat.
  9. In case the dough is too sticky, you can use two spoons to grab and shape the dough into a small ball directly on the baking sheet. If the dough isn't too sticky, wet your hands a bit with water then shape the dough with your hands. Shape into a small ball of around 108g. This usually produces 4 small pieces of bread.
  10. Bake for 20-22 minutes on the mid or top rack until bread is lightly browned on top.
  11. Once the bread is done, place the baking sheet on a cooling rack for a few minutes. Enjoy this delicious cheese bread warm!