This is a simplified Brazilian inspired recipe for pão de queijo, instead of fussing around with the dough you can enjoy these treats just by adding a pancake like batter into the waffle iron.
At the first sight you might be thinking…”What is new about these waffles? Who has never seen waffles?” Well, I must tell you that many times look are deceiving…and here is a perfect example…these are waffles made with tapioca flour, loaded with cheese…yes, you read it right…CHEESE!
Okay, now this is something that you should give a try if you own a waffle maker…why? It is amazingly delicious, gluten free and so simple to make.
I was very skeptical in getting a waffle maker, not that all the recipes out there were not tempting…far from that…it was because of my limited kitchen space…initially I wanted a bigger waffle maker, the one that can be turned, but space really did not permit me to get one. As a matter of fact when I brought the idea of getting a waffle maker, my husband even joked my saying if I was planning to put the waffle maker on top of my head…well…and I found a small one online which can be store up therefor it would not take much of space.
What do I make first? These crispy, slightly chewy inside waffle…these are a twist on the pão de queijo. Remember the Brazilian chewy cheese balls? Okay, so this is a simple version of it. The nice thing about this recipe…not much cleaning is required, with very little labor…
So get your tools together and start preheating your waffle maker…these are simply awesome!
100g tapioca flour
1 large egg
⅓ cup of milk (I used fat free, but feel free to use whatever milk you like)
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt (less if you like)
40-60g grated Parmesan cheese (or any kind of cheese, preferably dry ones), more the cheesier.
In a deep cup, place the milk, egg, salt and cheese. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, mix well all the ingredients. Once well mixed, slowly add the tapioca flour, by continuously mixing. Make sure that all the tapioca flour is incorporated into the egg and milk mixture. The batter will look like a thinner version of pancake batter.
Place approximately ⅛ cup of the batter into the preheated waffle maker and follow the instruction of your machine. The amount of batter will vary according to your like. I you are like me, I like crispier and crunchier waffles then you should add less batter.
The thickness of the waffles can be controlled by the amount of batter you place on the waffle maker. Many times with the leftover batter, I like to add very little batter to the machine and let it crisp all the way. Let them cool and store this waffles/crackers in an air tight container for later enjoyment…these sure make great snacks.
Serve hot or warm….simply delicious!
Did you know that pão de queijo is a very popular breakfast item in Brazil? Since pão de queijo uses tapioca flour, they are great for people that are sensitive to gluten.