Pão de Queijo

This film was entirely shot and sound recorded with an iPhone.
My grandma turned 76 this year and I decided to make a practical recipe video that would teach people how to make her delicious recipe of cheese bread rolls and at the same time show a little bit of her life and her culture.

Little Black Book

SHOTS magazine

I translated her recipe for those interested in making some pão de queijo at home!


1kg of cassava starch / tapioca flour.

10x small eggs.

5x cups of grated cheese of your choice, Brazilian or Italian hard cheese works best.

2x cups of whole milk.

1x cup of water.

1/2 cup of sunflower oil.

2x tablespoons of butter.

2x tablespoons of salt.


Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Combine the milk, water, oil, salt and butter together and let it boil over medium high heat.

Take 1kg of cassava starch and put it in a platter.

Then pour the boiled milk over it, and mix it well.

Beat the eggs in the blender, then combine it with the cassava starch.

Proceed by putting the cheese in, gradually, until it's fully incorporated.

Then knead the dough until it's soft and sticky.

If the dough feels a bit stiff, you can add a bit of milk, to get it right on point.

To shape the cheese balls, wet your hands with cold water & a tiny bit of butter, and, using a spoon, scoop some of the dough to shape balls that are a little smaller than golf-sized.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until it's golden and puffed.


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