A delicious gluten-free Brazilian Cheese Bread With Bacon Bits. Perfect for snacking, breakfast, paring with a coffee drink or even entertaining!
Brazilian cheese bread is probably the most well-known Brazilian dish in the whole world. Almost every Brazilian restaurant in the US has Brazilian cheese bread. We’ve made it a thousand times and introduced it to most of our friends here in Spokane. I have to say they all love it, especially this version that also carries bacon bits.
The original recipe does not have the bacon bits, but my husband and I had to add it. First, because we love bacon. Second, because… is there anything in the whole world that goes with cheese better than bacon? Not for me, no there isn’t!
What’s Brazilian Cheese Bread?
Brazilian Cheese Bread is a small, baked cheese roll that is made with tapioca flour instead of wheat flour. Because of that, they are good for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance (if you have Celiac disease, please talk to your doctor and discuss with him whether this is a good fit for your diet or not). It has a soft and elastic consistency, but depending on who makes it and how long it cooks for, it can have a crispy crust!
Nowadays, people can find Brazilian Cheese Bread in every bakery in Brazil, as well as supermarkets. You can buy them fresh or frozen, and bake them at home. Most Churrascarias (Brazilian steakhouses) also serve Brazilian Cheese Bread as an appetizer.
The History of Brazilian Cheese Bread
Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pão de Queijo (as it’s called in Brazil) is a very traditional recipe from the state of Minas Gerais, where my husband is from! Its exact origin is uncertain. I’ve read about more than one theory, but I will share only two because I don’t wanna make anybody confused.
Some people believe it came from Portugal. It’s valid to point out that Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, and because of that, this is the version I believe in.
It is believed that the wheat flour that arrived in Portugal had a very low quality and was unsuitable for human consumption. So they started making bread with tapioca flour instead. Since Brazil was colonized by Portugal, Brazilians probably learned with the Portuguese how to make bread with tapioca flour, and then, later on, came up with the Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe.
Now, other people believe that its origin has to do with the African slaves, just like many other types of Brazilian food. They believe the African slaves would make bread rolls out of cassava root, the root vegetable from which the tapioca flour is made of. Then, later on, when cheese was available to the Afro-Brazilian community, the Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe was born.
Without further ado, here’s the Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe: