When I was living in Santa Caterina Brazil, in an area called Itaum, We lived around the corner from a Padaria (Brazilian Bakery). Every night as we would walk home we would deliberately walk by in front of this bakery and the owner would always run out out to get our attention. We would always stop and oblige with a smile knowing what was coming next.
Rest assured within the next 2 minutes the baker would come out with a bag full of fresh Brazilian Pao de Queijo or Brazilian Cheese Bread. My companion and I would spend the next several hours chowing down on the bags of Cheese bread. Now, aside from the fact that we cultivated an amazing relationship with the baker why would he just give bags of cheese bread away every night? Well, Pao de Queijo is intended to eat fresh because it doesn’t keep from day to day.
If you’ve never eaten a Brazilian Cheese Bread before, it is a traditional food that always seems to be found at Churrascarias (Brazilian Steakhouse). Usually the size of a pinpong ball, this little bread has a slightly hard crust on the outside and a delicious chewy and cheesy inside. I have a good friend from across the pond who once explained to me that it is similar to the texture of a Yorkshire pudding.
These little Cheesy treats are best eaten withing the first ten minutes of being baked. However if they are eaten within the first three hours they are still good. Then start getting hard and stale every hour after until they become too stale for consumption within 24 hours. A the baker wouldn’t be able to sell them the next day so his options were to give them away to those who he knows without a doubt love them, or to throw them away.
Unlike traditional breads that infuse cheese into them, or rolls or bagels that sprinkle cheese on the top, Pao de Queijo is a bread that is completely infused with cheese. When made without the optional Flour, they are gluten free, and Keto Friendly. Some people have mixed emotions about whether or not Tapioca starch triggers an insulin response. The best thing to do would be to try it and check your blood sugar. I’ve been generally doing Keto for the past two years and they haven’t triggered any blood sugar spikes for me.