Baking, Cheese, Sides

Brazilian Cheese Breads

Cooking method:

Ninja Foodi MAX Health Grill & Air Fryer AG551
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 35 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 6 people

Brazilian Cheese Breads

Known as ‘Pão de queijo’ these Brazilian Cheese Breads are delicious mini cheese rolls baked to perfection. Great served as a snack or for breakfast on the go. Naturally gluten-free too!

This recipe makes 28 cheese balls and requires you to cook 2 batches of 14 balls. If the dough seems too wet to handle, add more tapioca flour, a little at a time.

These can be prepared in advance by placing onto a lined baking sheet in the freezer. Once frozen transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 3 months. Follow cooking instructions as below but set the time to 30 minutes and keep an eye on them from around 25 minutes.



Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Dairy, Eggs, Milk


  • 250g tapioca or arrowroot flour
  • 155ml milk
  • 65ml cold water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 65g grated mozzarella cheese
  • 50g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg

Cooking mode

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  • Step 1

    Place the tapioca flour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Line the crisper basket with parchment. Cut another piece of parchment to size and set to one side on a baking tray or plate.

  • Step 2

    Add milk, water, olive oil, and sea salt to a small saucepan. Place on a medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Step 3

    Once the milk has come to a boil pour it over the tapioca flour and turn the mixer on low, gradually building the speed up to medium until fully incorporated.

  • Step 4

    Add the egg whilst the mixer is still running and then add the cheese, a little at a time until fully combined.

  • Step 5

    Select AIRFRY, set time to 25 minutes and temperature to 190°C. Select START/STOP to begin pre-heating.

  • Step 6

    Whilst the unit is pre-heating, using only half the mixture, take a tablespoon of dough at a time, and with wet hands, form into balls. Place each ball into the lined cripser basket as you go along. Repeat with the remaining mixture placing the balls onto the pre-cut piece of parchment.

  • Step 7

    Once pre-heated, open the unit lid, place the crisper basket inside and cook for 12 minutes until golden and puffy. Carefully remove the parchment and place the 2nd batch into the crisper basket. Close lid and cook for 12 minutes and remove. Serve immediately.