Vegan Brazilian Cheese Bread "Pão de Queijo"

Fact, we can't run away from our roots! When we talk about comfort food, traditional food and things we used to eat as a child has a big play on it, especially when you live overseas far from your family and friends.

That is because comfort foods remind us of our social ties, which means they may help us feel less lonesome when we feel isolated.

Cheese Bread is a really popular snack in Brazil, it is Traditional from Minas Gerais the state I grew up and it is something I would have in the afternoon at my Grandma's house with a cup of coffee, friends gathering or birthday parties. 

This is a twist on the traditional recipe as I haven't add any cheese or eggs but I promise you it is as good as the authentic version. I really recommend you to give it a try ;)

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Ingredients

1 cup cooked cassava (sweet potato, yam or pumpkin)

1 cup sour starch (or tapioca starch)

2tbsp tapioca starch

1tbsp nutritional yeast

2tbsp organic apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup sesame seeds (chia seeds, linseeds, hemp seeds)

1/3 cup chickpea or millet flour

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 

Pinch of Turmeric Powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1tsp aluminum free baking powder

Instructions:

In a bowl add the cooked cassava and all the dry ingredients and mix it well, add the wet ingredients and mix with your hands. The resulting dough can be quite sticky but if it is too wet add extra tapioca starch. Roll it into balls or scoop the dough by level tablespoons onto the baking sheets, spacing them about 2 centimeters apart. Bake it in a pre-heated oven to 180C for around 30 minutes or until golden. Cool for a few minutes and eat warm.

Tapioca flour: Sour cassava flour can be tricky to find in Australia. I usually buy it in Petersham in Portuguese Shops and you can Look for it in Latin American markets. Tapioca starch/flour lacks the slightly sour, fermented flavour, but makes a fine substitute. You can add extra Nutritional Yeast for cheesy flavour.

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I would love to see your attempts, please tag me on Instagram or use the Hashtags #luanasrecipes #luanamarchiteam