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Continental Drifter is the Alan Skyrme Photography blog first established in 2004 under the banner Continental Drift. In it we publish snippets about nutrition, information about fruit and food, articles about travel experiences, travel reviews and other related notes.

Heavenly cheese balls

Famous and available throughout Brazil these golf-ball sized cheese balls are really tasty.

Known locally as pão de queijo, or Brazilian Cheese Bread outside the country, these chewy snacks are easy to eat - usually with coffee but can be accompanied by almost any beverage or drink.

These cheese balls come with the added bonus of being gluten free so almost anyone can enjoy them without worrying about ill-effects.

For those travelling to Brazil there is a coffee shop franchise called Pão de Queijo that has outlets at most airports and shopping malls.


How to make pão de queijo:


1 cup milk1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups tapioca flour

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


Place the oil, milk and salt in a pan and heat till boiling.

Add the tapioca flour and mix until the flour powder is no longer visible. The mix will be gelatinous at this stage.

Allow to cool before kneading and working the dough further by hand.

Add the eggs to the mix one at a time, ensuring the mix is thorough.

Finally add the cheese. The mix will be quite sticky at this stage.

Form the dough into small balls, about the size of a golf-ball, and place on a metal baking tray. Bake in an oven (180 degrees C) until the balls have fluffed up, become hard on the outside and golden brown on the base.

Serve hot or, if your will-power is strong, cold!