Tapioca bread with cheese (Păo de Queijo)

Yield: 30 small cheese breads

2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups milk
4 cups tapioca flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese

Combine the oil and milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Put the tapioca flour in a bowl, add the boiling mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

Add the beaten eggs and the parmesan cheese and mix well again. You will get a gooey, sticky mass.

Put a little oil on each of your palms and make small balls, 2 inches in diameter, (make sure when forming the balls that your hands are always lightly oiled). Place on a buttered baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the top is light brown.

Like many Brazilian foods, Păo de Queijo is tricky to prepare. It is difficult to make the balls rise. Also, the rolls can harden very easily if left overnight. You could cheat by adding 1 tablespoon yeast to the flour.

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