Brazil is a land of variety, as a large number of products and foods are found here. However, one of the unique features of this land is that certain foods are found only in those specific places and not everywhere. Due to this, we find a great variety in Brazilian cuisine. Although Brazil is more popular for soccer, their cuisine is definitely one of the most scrumptious found in the world. You have to find someone who can resist the Brazilian cheese bread or grilled cheese or queijo de coalho. I am sure this has naturally got you curious about Brazilian cuisine. Well, here we will know more on the breakfast dishes found in Brazil.
Breakfast in Brazil
Interestingly, the daily breakfast consumed by Brazilians is fairly simple and very much similar to an American breakfast. The Brazilians have coffee, bread, jam, sandwiches, cheese, for their breakfast. The coffee is usually consumed with milk and without cream. The milk is boiled and added to strong coffee; however, black coffee is also popular in some parts. Children usually have chocolate milk. The French style bread (known as the pao frances) is eaten with coffee. Along with this, cheese and ham sandwiches (known as Misto quente), bread and jam, crepe, is also consumed. The fuba cake (Bolo de fubá) is also one of the popular breakfast dishes in Brazil. As fruits are found in abundance, breakfast is ended by a fruit plate or a fruit juice, with papaya being the most popular choice.
Now, if you have Brazilian friends for breakfast / brunch and wish to make them feel at home; or wish to try authentic Brazilian dishes at home, then here are some recipes which will be helpful to you. Here we have recipes on cheese bread, ham and cheese sandwich and fuba cake, from completely authentic Brazilian cuisine.
Brazilian Breakfast Recipes
Brazilian Cheesy Bread (Pao de Queijo)
- 2 cups of tapioca flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- ⅔ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup of milk
- ½ cup of olive oil / butter
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- ⅓ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- The oven should be preheated to 375 degrees F.
- Now in a large saucepan, put olive oil / butter, milk, salt and water and mix thoroughly. Bring to boil on high heat.
- Take down from heat immediately and add the flour and garlic. Mix to form a homogeneous mixture.
- Set to rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Later, add egg and cheese to this mixture and stir to form a thick mixture.
- Take a non-greased baking sheet, drop balls of the mixture on the sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Brazilian Cheese and Ham Sandwiches (Misto quente)
- 4 slices of sandwich bread
- 2 slices of ham
- 2 slices of Cheddar cheese / Brazilian cheese
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- Apply butter evenly on the slices of bread.
- Place the slice of cheese on 2 slices of bread.
- Place a slice of ham on top of cheese.
- Now cover the bread with other bread to form a sandwich.
- These sandwiches can be baked in an oven until golden brown, or even toasted in a sandwich maker.
Brazilian Fuba cake (Bolo de fubá)
- 1 cup of cornmeal
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- 200 grams of butter
- 2-3 eggs
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
- The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees F.
- In a big bowl, add butter and sugar and beat together.
- Now also add eggs to it and beat again to form a smooth mixture.
- Next, add corn flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and milk to the mixture. Mix to form a homogeneous mixture.
- Grease a cake mold with some butter. Also dust some wheat flour to it.
- Pour the cake mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes. The cake will turn golden brown till then.
- Take out from the oven, set to cool from the oven, and serve!
Aren't the traditional Brazilian breakfast dishes easy to make? Now, the next time you miss the Brazilian cheese bread, head to the store, gather the ingredients and make it yourself at home. Or, next Sunday, you can even surprise your family with an exotic breakfast, direct from Brazil! Good luck!