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Purple Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo is a traditional cheese bread from Brazil. The discovery of these breads dates back to the Portuguese colonisation of Brazil, when African slaves peeled, grated, soaked and dried local cassava roots to turn them into an edible flour. The flour, known as tapioca starch, is still used today in traditional Pão de Queijo recipes.
1 hr +

The tapioca starch, a gluten-free flour, gives the breads their unique stretchy texture. In this recipe, we’re using purple sweet potatoes, not so much to replicate the traditional flavour, but to accentuate their texture with a vibrant purple colour.

makes 12 small breads

Ingredients

  • 1 purple potato (around 250g)

  • 120g tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)

  • 25g olive oil

  • 60 ml warm water

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Use a fork to pierce holes into the potato, place it onto the tray and bake it for 1 hour until the inside is cooked and soft. Let it cool down until cold enough to handle, then peel the skin. Crank the oven up to 220°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour with 3/4 tsp salt. Add 200g of the peeled potato followed by the oil and water. Mix it into soft, pliable dough, adding more water if needed. Shape the dough into 12 balls (around 32g each), place them on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Best eaten while they are still slightly warm.

 

Purple Pão de Queijo

The tapioca starch, a gluten-free flour, gives the breads their unique stretchy texture. In this recipe, we’re using purple sweet potatoes, not so much to replicate the traditional flavour, but to accentuate their texture with a vibrant purple colour.
Course Snacks
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 12 small breads

Ingredients
  

  • 1 purple potato (around 250g)
  • 120 g tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)
  • 25 g olive oil
  • 60 ml warm water

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Use a fork to pierce holes into the potato, place it onto the tray and bake it for 1 hour until the inside is cooked and soft. Let it cool down until cold enough to handle, then peel the skin. Crank the oven up to 220°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour with 3/4 tsp salt. Add 200g of the peeled potato followed by the oil and water. Mix it into soft, pliable dough, adding more water if needed. Shape the dough into 12 balls (around 32g each), place them on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Best eaten while they are still slightly warm.
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2 Comments

  1. Katie

    Could I use mochi flour instead?

    Reply
    • Julius Fiedler

      I haven’t tried it, but it should work quite well, actually!

      Reply

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