Viva South America!

Viva South America! by Oliver Balch (2009 edition, Faber & Faber)

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books in Hay-on-Wye


For today’s Bookseller’s Breakfast we go to South America as there is only one weekend left of the Rio Olympics and I wanted to find out more about the area. I went online to see what Brazilians had for breakfast and was delighted to discover these little cheesy bread puffs called pao de queijo. They are basically a savoury, gluten free and delicious version of a profiterole (choux pastry using tapioca flour and Parmesan cheese) and so easy to make.

I followed the BBC recipe last night and they came out perfectly though the process seemed unlikely to achieve anything edible. Crunchy crisp on the outside and yummy cheesy softness inside – a bit like Welsh rarebit in a ball. This morning I warmed them up again to achieve that melting middle and they were just as good.

I have served this with an appropriate fruit platter that is also served for breakfast in Brazil. I am shamelessly plugging doblemdesign‘s husband’s book on South America published by Faber & Faber as it is the perfect and very readable introduction to this continent. Emma and her family spend a lot of time in South America and I think it is their warmth and friendliness that allows a book like this to be written. I am still enjoying the pao de queijo breads with the coffee and watermelon.

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