Pan de Yuca is a small, gluten-free cheese bread made with yuca flour (tapioca starch) and cheese – popular in southern Colombia and the central coast of Ecuador.
Pan de Yuca is a traditional cheese bread that is made with Yuca flour. If you have ever traveled to Colombia, or the coastal region of Ecuador, there is no doubt that you have enjoyed these treats. They are a favorite in our house and every time I make them they disappear faster than I can make another batch.
In Brazil, these little treats are known as Pão de Queijo – like Pan de Yuca, they are void of wheat so are a great option for kids and adults alike who have an intolerance to gluten/grains.
Yuca is known as cassava flour – it cooks similar to potato flour but has a pretty unique flavor. Here in the states you can pick up Tapioca starch which is the powdered form of the Latin American flour. Tapioca flour can be found in most grocers, but we pick ours up on Amazon in a larger quantity.
In Ecuador, Pan de Yuca is made with queso blanco – we used homemade queso fresco, but if you can’t make your own fresh cheese from raw milk, you can pick up queso fresco in your local grocer. Or, feel free to use a mixture of feta and parmesan cheese.
The ratio of flour to cheese and eggs seems high – and while your food processor may struggle a bit at first, with passing time, patience and a tiny bit of added milk (2-3 Tbsp) the dough will eventually come together to resemble a cheesy sponge.
Separate that dough into small, round balls and bake until light firm, then flip on the broiler to brown the tops ever so slightly.
These rolls are grain free, and gluten free, and absolutely delicious when enjoyed fresh from the oven. The bread is incredibly cheesy and chewy, gluten-free and bake in just minutes – your kids will LOVE them!
Have you ever tried Pan de Yuca? Is it a favorite in your home, too?
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