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These cheesy rolls, originally from Brazil, are easy to make in your own kitchen

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Pão de queijo (cheese bread) are small rolls with crunchy exteriors and uniquely chewy, stretchy centers. Instead of using flour like most baked goods, they use a surprise ingredient: tapioca starch. Tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour) is made from cassava root (a plant native to South America) that has been ground up into a powder. When combined with liquid, tapioca starch makes a gooey paste that can trap air and make baked goods rise in the oven. Bonus: it’s naturally gluten-free!

Pão de Queijo (Cheese Bread)

Makes 12 rolls

Vegetable oil spray

1 cup (8 ounces) whole milk

1 cup shredded extra­sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)


1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (2 ounces)

1/3 cup extra­virgin olive oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon salt


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