Gluten Free Cheese Bread

Blog-checking lines: This month’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge took us on a trip to beautiful Brazil! Renata of “Testado, Provado and Aprovado!” taught us how to make Pao De Queijo, tasty cheese buns that make the perfect snack or treat, and that will make your taste buds samba! I made gluten free cheese bread as my contribution.

I love having dinner parties and the joy of the evening starts with sorting out the menu. Last Saturday night we had friends over for dinner and Dave and I sat down and discussed what we were going to make. We always sort out the main course first and then work out the starters and dessert after that. For this dinner party we decided on fish pie for a main course. The starter was a venison carpaccio with a vinaigrette dressing and shaved Parmesan. The fish pie contained hake, haddock, salmon, smoked angel fish and lobster in a fish stock and leek béchamel topped with mashed potato. Dessert was a plum tart tatin and ice cream. I never make canapés to go with our pre dinner drinks but as this months’ Daring Bakers’ challenge seemed to suit the occasion I went ahead and made these gluten free cheese breads.

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I was really sceptical at first about how tapioca flour would taste but I can tell you that they were divine and I am going to make these again. They are so easy to make and you really need to set aside only a small amount of time to get these made. I used the recipe for the cheese bread as provided to us in the challenge but I am going to try make them with other gluten free flours as I have quite a stock of these. They were popped into the oven just before the guests arrived which means you can make these in advance and have them hot and ready to serve with your drinks.  I will also experiment with the addition of spices now that I know how they taste ‘as is’.

Gluten Free Cheese Bread
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Pão De Queijo | Gluten Free Cheese Bread

Recipe Category: Bread
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 60 mls milk
  • 10 g butter
  • 1.25 mls salt
  • 125 g tapioca starch
  • 65 g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Heat the milk, butter and salt in a small sauce pan until it comes to a boil
  • Sift the tapioca flour into a large bowl
  • Pour the milk mixture over the tapioca and stir with a fork, until it resembles bread crumbs
  • Add the cheese and mix in with the fork
  • Add the egg and mix with the fork until the dough comes together
  • Place the dough into a piping bag and pipe small balls onto a lined baking tray
  • Flatten the tops with your finger
  • Bake for 25 minutes and serve straight out of the oven

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34 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cheese Bread

  1. Perfect little things for parties. I get way too stressed out when I plan a party…I can’t figure out why 🙂

    ela h.

  2. Wow after reading your line up of food for your dinner guests I was already checking out flights to South Africa…I bet your guest were just delighted. I have not worked with tapioca flour before and that sounds like and great idea for a delicious bread. Have a super day. BAM

  3. I’m terrified of wasting ingredients so I have quite a fear of gluten free baking but these breads look so cute I have to try them for myself xx

  4. Sounds delicious and very on trend vis a vis the World Cup.

    1. We didn’t even think to write down the fish pie recipe, but it was so good we will make it again for the blog 🙂

  5. Wow, your dinner menu sounds fabulous! I’m proud to have had my pão de queijo as a starter for your guests! They look delicious! Thanks for joining in!

  6. The dinner party sounds like a wonderful success! Great choice of dishes served! And this cheese bread looks so delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Tandy, I want to come to your dinner party! It sounds like you have planning down. 😀 I love to use tapioca starch over corn starch. I prefer the flavor and it is a wonderful thickener.

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