Fogo de Chao Bread Rolls

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Learn how to make Fogo de Chao Bread - the mouthwatering Brazilian cheesy bread that's yeast- and gluten-free

Fogo de Chao Bread is a Brazilian cheese bread with a deliciously chewy center and a wonderful flavor that's impossible to forget!

Also known as Pão de Queijo, this 'cheese puff' bread contains no yeast or gluten. The fact that it doesn't need to rise means that it's very quick to make, in comparison to 'regular' bread. This recipe takes just 30 minutes from start to finish - and that includes preparation time!

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Choosing your ingredients

One of the key ingredients in Fogo de Chao Bread is gluten-free tapioca flour. It's the only flour that will give the fluffy results characteristic of this addictive bread, but it might take a little tracking down, depending on where you live. In most supermarkets you can find it in the baking aisle although - confusingly - it may be labeled as tapioca starch! You can also find it at many Asian markets.

This recipe also calls for cotija cheese, a hard cheese made with cow's milk that originated in Mexico. Its salty, tangy taste works perfectly  in these little cheesy rolls, but you can use any other hard cheese - like Parmesan or Pecorino - instead.

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Another important ingredient in this recipe is olive oil. The old adage 'you get what you pay for' is very true, particularly when it comes to olive oil! So be sure to choose a good quality to variety to make your Fogo de Chao Bread.

How to store Fogo de Chao

If you're able to resist eating your entire batch of rolls in one sitting, then you can store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. If you're in a particularly warm climate, you might prefer to pop them in the fridge. 

You can also freeze this Brazilian cheese bread - just transfer the rolls to freezer-safe bags and freeze for up to 3 months. For the very best texture, we recommend reheating them in the oven rather than the microwave.

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The secret is in the center!

One thing to bear in mind when you make these rolls is that the center is MEANT to be chewy and ever-so-slightly undercooked. It's what makes them so delicious! Be sure not to overcook your Fogo de Chao Bread, which may leave it a little dry.

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Serving ideas

Fogo de Chao Bread rolls are great served for breakfast, or with extra slices of cheese as an afternoon snack. Or why not serve them as a unique side dish with your main meal ?

And if you need to avoid dairy, be sure to try our Dairy Free Brazilian Cheese Breads Recipe

Also, be sure to try Pan de Bono - Colombian cheese bread!


Fogo de Chao Bread Rolls

    24 Servings


  • 2 cups Tapioca Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Cotija Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin tin.
  2. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and add the butter and salt. Heat gently until the mixture comes to a low boil.
  3. Immediately transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, then - using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer - gradually add the tapioca flour. Take care over this step, as the hot mixture may spit out at you.
  4. Next, add the cheese, eggs, sugar and oil. You should be left with a wet, sticky dough.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins, filling each tin only about 2/3 of the way, then bake for 20 minutes.
  6. When cooked, the rolls should be puffed up and golden. Serve warm.
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: Savory Experiments
Recipe Yields: 24 rolls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 roll
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 57
Calories 130

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 276mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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