Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mochi cheese puffs (pão de queijo)

It's my birthday today. The little fella treats me a nice sleep in. Instead of waking up at 6am ish, he woke up at 9am, giving me ample time to dress up and bake myself some nice mochi cheese puffs. Now that I'm 3x, I don't have that urge or joy to celebrate it to a great extent, the other reason is also because my grandmother just passed away two weeks ago, so there are no birthday bash this year. It's just a quiet one with my lovely other half and my cheeky little fella eating cheesecake drinking tea in a little café in town.
Now, let's get back to this mochi cheese puffs, when my friend Fei Tseh shared about it on FB, I knew I would definitely make it, cos firstly, I love everything that has the mochi texture, secondly, it's a savory item! I am not a big fan of sweet stuffs, but a savory and a cheesy one, that's my cup of tea.
Apparently, these mochi puffs are sold at an horrendous price of SGD2.80 for 3 in Sun Moulin Singapore. Interesting.. huh? With that amount, I could have easily baked dozens and dozens of them. I halved the original recipe cos I only had little amount of tapioca flour left, actually, the tapioca flour I had wasn't even enough for half the recipe, I topped up with a little cornflour and it turned out alright. The texture is something like a cheesy Yorkshire pudding, the difference is that Yorkshire pudding isn't made with tapioca, thus this has the mochi-chewiness to it. The little fella had about three for his breakfast!! He clearly loved it. He let out that 'savoring' sound ...Hmmmmmm...(nice).. when he was eating this.
Here's the recipe, from here, the following is my halved recipe, which yielded about 5 puffs:
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/3 cup milk, top up with grapeseed oil, amounting to 1/2 cup
  • 70g tapioca flour + 1tbsp cornflour
  • 25g grated cheddar cheese
  • 25g parmesan cheese
  • punch of salt
Note: Do not be tempted to put in more cheese than stated. Too much cheese will render the puffs heavy and harden its texture.

It's hollow inside, just like a Yorkshire pudding.

  1. Preheat oven to 200deg C (my oven is the over-friendly type, so my temperature was 180deg C).
  2. Put all ingredients in a blender, I used my baby bullet, cos washing up is easy, and lucky that I halved the recipe. It wouldn't have been able to blend all if it was a full recipe.
  3. Grease mini muffin tin with oil. If you're using greased muffin liner or silicon muffin cups like mine, you won't need to grease them. Place in about 2-3tablespoonful of batter in each muffin cup.
  4. Bake for 20min or until risen and golden (I baked for 18min).

According to mummymoo, these keep up to 2 days in an air tight container at room temperature. Just like what she also mentioned, it wouldn't keep that long cos it gets eaten up very soon, and I agree with that.


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Happy Birthday to you! Mochi puffs? I have not hear and taste this before. These puffs look good :D


    1. Thanks dear Zoe. It's my first time having a go at this too. I have seen it being sold at the Sunmoulin bakeries in KL before. But mine look quite different. Hahaa.. the ones they sell are round and nicer. You can try it too. Quite an interesting texture.

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Glad you and your lil' one love them, and thanks for sharing! There is another recipe which produces round (the exterior is slightly harder, though) ones, but I find it too much of a hassle because it involves boiling the milk and flour until it becomes a thick paste and then mixing the egg and cheese in by hand till it reaches a smooth, yet heavy and thick consistency. It's then shaped into little balls by hand (like making meatballs) and then baked.

    I've yet to try that one, though... using a blend and bake is much easier since they get eaten up too fast for anyone to admire if they look round or odd shaped! :)


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