Brazilian Cheese Bread

 Brazilian cheese bread is a Brazilian street food made out of dough, cheese, and egg. They are generally sold by street vendors and bakeries specializing in Brazilian cuisine. It is a combination of the Portuguese word for "bread" (pão) with the Spanish word for "cheese" (queso). Brazilian cheese bread is generally covered with egg wash, but sometimes maybe instead sprinkled or drizzled with sugar or cinnamon sugar. This type of griddled bread often has plenty of sesame seeds on top as well as forming crisp edges at the tops because of the way it's baked on an iron pan or skillet. Brazilian cheese bread is popular in Southern Brazil, but in recent years it has become popular in other parts of the country and even around the world. The mass-produced versions are often softer and more akin to cheese toast than traditional Brazilian cheese bread.


Brazilian Cheese Bread


Ingredients:

2 eggs plus two yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

1/2 cup powdered sugar 



Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Put egg yolks and vanilla extract in a bowl, and mix with a beater on medium speed until creamy. Add cinnamon, salt, and sugar and beat again until blended. Add mozzarella cheese and mix well. Put a portion of the cheese mixture into a deep dish. 

Put an empty pan or skillet over medium-high heat and pour in enough oil to cover the bottom of it. When the oil is hot, turn the heat to medium-high. Start adding the bread to it and cook on both sides until golden brown in spots, about 2 minutes per side. (If using a nonstick skillet, using a cooking spray may be helpful to prevent sticking. 

Using a nonstick skillet is not necessary. If you are using a skillet, make sure to use one that is oven safe.)Pour the remaining cheese mixture onto the bread and roll it into a ball. (If using a nonstick skillet, you may need to make sure the bread is fully cooked first. 

This can be done by using the back of a spoon to check the bottom of the bread. If it looks like the oil is not fully absorbed inside or there are holes or browned bits at the top, then it's done.)Pour egg wash over the top of the bread.(For this step, break an egg on top of each ball of cheese and gently shake to spread the egg around and coat all sides.


Brazilian Cheese Bread