Bread Heaven

Edit:  Even though the recipe calls for two different types of tapioca flour, I used just one one . . Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour.

That’s where I am . . bread heaven.


One of our favorite restaurants is Fogo de Chaos.  Vince loves their lamb chops.  I love their bread.  You know how Vince is about getting his money’s worth out of everything.  He never (well, almost never) says anything but I can tell he’s wondering why I’m eating so much bread when all that meat is available.

These are little bite sized pieces of heaven . . I’m telling you!   I’m not really ready to commit but I’m thinking these could be the most wonderful thing I’ve ever eaten (next to Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk!).  They’re crunchy on top, almost gooey in the middle.  There’s just a hint of cheese . .  sorry . . I just had to wipe the drool off my chin.

A couple of weeks ago, a loyal blog reader, Ida, sent me a link to some copykat recipe.  I wrote her back and thanked her and told her I’d be a happy lady if I could find a recipe for Fogo’s bread.  I had searched and searched and had even tried a couple of recipes before but nothing was right.

Within seconds, Ida wrote me back and sent me this recipe.  Took me a while to find the tapioca flour.  I found it that I could mail order but the shipping was always outrageous.  Yesterday while eating with my friend, Cindy, in Pittsburg, KS, I told her I’d been looking for tapioca flour and knew Bob’s Red Mill had it but couldn’t find it anywhere.  She suggested I try Ron’s Grocery there in Pittsburg.  I was meeting Chad after lunch to bring home some of his “stuff” since the semester ends today.  He went with me to show me how to get to Ron’s and can you believe it . . they have tapioca flour!  I’m going to talk to the Amish lady tomorrow and see if she can get large quantities of it.  I need a truckload!

Today for lunch I made gnocchi/spinach soup and these little gems.


I halved the recipe and using the mini muffin pan, it made 36 rolls.  That’s 35 for me and 1 for Vince!  🙂  Not really!  Vince even took a couple back to a co-worker who loves Fogo too.

You have to try this recipe!  You really have to try it.  There’s no yeast . . it’s like a popover . . only better.

Thank you, Ida, for finding and sending this recipe to me.  Now . . I’m off to Wal-Mart to buy larger jeans.  I’m going to need them!  🙂



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    Tamara says

    These look yummy and made with tapioca flour they are gluten free. Can not wait to try them as I know a few people who can not eat gluten. Thanks for posting.

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    JOY says

    oh, they are similar to pao de quiejo (did I spell that right?) – Brasilian cheese bread – that we make and LOVE (but only make once every three weeks). YUM! I now buy tapioca flour in 5 lb packages…

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    Diane says

    I have been trying to make that recipe for a month! I can’t find the flour either. My plan is to drive to Whole Foods and see if they have it.
    I made a honey wheat bread today and I think my yeast was tired…it caved. 🙁

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    Linda C says

    We love Fogo de Chao and their bread puffs too! Thanks for posting this I can’t wait to try it (mmmmm..)

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    ida says

    LOL! Seeing everyone rave about the bread, I guess I, too, am going to have to find tapioca flour and try these. They don’t have a Fogo anywhere near me (well, maybe down in Baltimore/D.C. and/or Philly , but they’re 4 hours away!)



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    Cindy B says

    I have several boxes of tapioca. Looks like beads. I wonder if I pulverized it into a flour it would be sweet tapioca flour? We have a discount bread bakery here and it carries all of Bob’s Red Mill. I’ll have to look and see if the tapioca flour is available there. I can’t think of why I’d be that lucky though.

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    Cindy B says

    I found sweet sorghum flour, almond flour, brown rice flour, soy flour……. but no tapioca flour at the bakery. But the manager said he’d be happy to see if he could get it for me. That sorghum flour sounds pretty good.

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    Pam says

    Well, I just had to go looking for tapioca flour and found in the grocery store (Harris-Teeter) with all the other flours. Thanks for the heads up about Bob’s Red Mill. That is a new brand to me.
    Guess I have to try them for our Christmas Eve supper.
    Merry Christmas!

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    OMG! We’ve only eaten at Fago’s once about 4 years ago and did those little gems leave a lasting impression on me!!

    You and I seem so much alike, must be those Louisiana genes, eh??

    At our local grocery on Wednesday, I got the ingredients to make these and we’ll have them this weekend! Thanks for sharing the link for the recipe!