Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread


Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

Do you love cheese as much as I do? Did you wake up at 3am to make nachos the other night too? No? Just me then? Hm. Anytime you want to stop by at 3am to wake me up for a nacho-fest, I’m totally in. I know I’m supposed to be all hyped up on summer’s stone fruit and berries (which I am), but guys – I’m going through cheese right now like it’s going out of season.

The test batch of these cheddar Brazilian cheese bread balls disappeared in one evening. So did the second batch the very next night. I’ve made them three times now and they never last more than a few hours. Any excuse to eat more cheese.

Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese BreadSeeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself on a hotel express elevator in Madison, WI with a stranger who decided the 30 seconds from the 11th floor to the lobby was an opportune time to strike up a conversation. “So, what brings you to Madison?”

“The Cheese.” And with that, the doors opened. He looked totally baffled, but we were out of time for further explanation.

Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

I wasn’t joking – I flew out to Madison to visit with the Wisconsin Cheese Board in an attempt to eat my body weight in cheese (and to join in a cheesy harvest feast for their upcoming Grate. Pair. Share.). To start the trip off right, they left an ice chest with fresh cheese curds waiting for me in my hotel room. If only every hotel I stayed at came with fresh cheese curds, I’d forever be a happy traveler (also a cat – all hotel rooms should come with a cat option, I think).

Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

Since returning home, I’ve dreamt almost exclusively about cheese and of creating a seeded cheddar version of the naturally gluten-free Brazilian cheese bread I once fell in love with at a street fair two years ago (what took me so long?!).

In my cheese-obsessed opinion, this cheese bread is meant for summer BBQs and dinner parties (or for any other reason you’re gathering 2+ people together at the same table) – who doesn’t love something chewy and cheesy to chase down dinner? This version is crispy brown from a molasses wash on the outside, and chewy, bready, and cheesy on the inside. The seeds are there just to show off and add a bit of crunch (but trust me: don’t skip them).

Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

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Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread
Yields: 20 small rolls
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup safflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon + ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1½ cups tapioca flour/starch (180 g)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • ½ teaspoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • ½ tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the milk, oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Just when the milk begins to bubble, remove pan from heat.
  4. While stirring, slowly add the tapioca flour to the pan. Continue stirring to combine (the mixture will be sticky and might not incorporate completely, but that's okay).
  5. Transfer the sticky dough to stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until the dough is smooth and cool enough to touch.
  6. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. With mixer on medium-high speed, add the egg into the dough and beat until combined. This might take several minutes and might at first look like it won't incorporate, but keep at it for several minutes until it's smooth.
  7. Add the grated cheese a small amount at a time and beat over medium until fully incorporated and there are no more large cheese chunks showing through.
  8. Wetting your hands between each roll, grab a ball of dough about 1-2 tablespoons big and drop them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Whisk the water and molasses together in a small bowl and lightly brush the top of each roll with this molasses wash.
  10. Sprinkle each roll with a bit of salt (1/4 teaspoon total).
  11. Combine the pepitas, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds in a small bowl and divide them among the top of the rolls, lightly pressing the seeds down.
  12. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake the rolls for 30-33 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm. (Reheat rolls for 9 seconds in the microwave or for 5 minutes in the oven).

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  1. I love Brazilian Cheese Bread! My half Brazilian bff introduced it to me and I was hooked. Yours looks especially delicious!!!

  2. Haha!! Um let’s be real though, why would anyone else go to Wisconsin. :)

    I’m waiting for you to set up this cat-hotel. I think you will make a fortune. But you will probably have to move to Portland or somewhere else with a lot of hipsters. Maybe you should leave Brazilian cheese bread on their pillows too, in place of mints. (Okay, actually, “Come to our hotel, we have cheesy pillows” doesn’t really scream romantic weekend getaway spot…)

  3. Tieghan says:

    If only I still had those curds…THE BEST!! Also, I semi-hate awkward stranger convos. UGH!!

    This bread is so amazing and I would love it! Gimme all the cheese and carbs please! :)

  4. todd wagner says:

    Yeah, yeah…the cheese is the star, but for me these are all about the seeds. Excellent touch! Oh, and that guy deserves to be confused for starting a convo in an express elevator.

    On a side note, is every elevator in a Holiday Inn Express an express elevator? What happens if you try to strike up a conversation about cheese on one of THOSE?!!

    On a side, side note, be careful who you invite to late night nacho-fests. I’ve had a few awkward encounters….just sayin.

  5. Goodness, Sarah, look at that cheese to flour ratio in these little rolls! I can see you have cheese on the brain for sure, flyin all the way out to WI for such a craving. Perhaps the cat option should be a cats option, especially with all the cheese left in your hotel room… you may need help eating it. OMGeee midnight nachos, yesss, with big ole’ jalapeños and copious amounts of sour cream and guacamole… uh. Hand up high. !!

  6. Amanda Paa says:

    sounds like your trip to wisconsin was great! the elevator conversation you mentioned is quite typical :) i am all over these cheese balls, and i love how pretty they look with the seeds. xo

  7. Veronica says:

    Yes! I will be your partner in Crime for cheesy nachos! Love this recipe and all those beautiful seeds! A girl after my own heart!!

  8. Yes to all the cheeses. Can never get enough. these cheesy, carby rolls look insane. They definitely wouldn’t last more than a few hours at my house!

  9. I’m so impressed with these Sarah! I love Brazilian cheese bread, but never thought to take them up a notch with seeds! Can’t wait to make these!

  10. Vivian says:

    Ugg! Don’t have stand mixer, will it work with hand mixer?

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