Cheese buns, cheese puffs or cheese breads are small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil (extensively to the whole country), and also in Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina. The inexpensive snack is often sold from streetside stands or by vendors carrying a heat-preserving container.
They are known as pao de queijo , 'cheese bread' in Portuguese, and chipa or cunape in Guarani, especially in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
They are distinctive not only because they are made of cassava or corn flour, but also because the inside is chewy and moist. If poorly done, they may seem uncooked or doughy. Their size may range from 2 cm to 15 cm in diameter, with about 5 cm of height. In Paraguay and Argentina, smaller chipa can also be found.
In Brazil, pao de queijo is a popular breakfast and frequently had as a snack. Made of cassava flour, very accessible, a lot of people habitually buy the mix and bake it at home rather than buying it ready, although pao de queijo is broadly sold at snack bars and bakeries. "Casa do Pao de Queijo", a specialized national chain, has expanded considerably in the past few years, based on their recipe that produces a distinctive, slightly sour and somewhat lopsided version. Pao de queijo can also be bought frozen at supermarkets to be baked personally, including brands like Forno de Minas, Casa do Pao de Queijo and many others. Additionally, in Brazil, cheese puff mix packages are easily found in most supermarkets. Some mainstream brands are 'Yoki' and 'Hikari'. Dozens more are being sold currently, and many are produced locally, depending on the brands of even particular supermarkets.
Paraguay and Northeastern Argentina
In the Guarani region, the chipas are often baked in smaller doughnuts or buns that are called ''chipa'ior chipacitos. These are sold in small paper bags by street sellers of big cities and small towns, even as far south as Buenos Aires, where stands with small ovens keep the chipaswarm at the Buenos Aires Metro.
Bolivia and Argentine Northwest
Called cunape, they are made of either cassava or maize flour. Cunapes are usually baked in the mornings and sold later on the streets, while being transported in polystyrene containers. Such vendors (chiperos) can also be found in bus terminals and near popular areas of the cities and even rural towns. A medium sized piece of chipa generally sells (as of 2006) for roughly 25 cents (in American dollars).
Pandebono is a bread made of corn flour, cassava starch, cheese and eggs very similar to Pao de queijo.
List of Brazilian dishes
G&G Gourmet, a US manufacturer of pao de queijo''.
Neusa's Best Cheese Breads, a premier brand of pao de queijo.
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