Bread rolls fresh out of the oven are the perfect snack or side to any meal. Yuca bread rolls are easy to make and can be used along side of your favorite soup or cut open to make mini sandwiches for your lunch or on the go meal or snack.
Here is the basic recipe for my yuca bread rolls, but you can flavor them with whatever seasonings or spices you like (garlic, rosemary, cinnamon, etc.) to go with your menu.
Yuca Bread Rolls – Pan de Yuca
Yield: 20-25 small yuca bread rolls
Pan de yuca, also known as cheese bread or yuca bread, are yummy melt in your mouth warm breads made with cheese and yuca or cassava starch
• 2 ½ cups yuca starch (better known as tapioca starch). In Costa Rica it is called Almidón de Yuca
• 4 cups grated mozzarella (Palmito in Costa Rica) cheese (you can use any cheese you like or omit cheese if you are dairy free)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• Pinch of sea salt
• 2 large eggs
• Optional 1-2 tbs water, if needed
1. Combine the yuca starch, (optional) cheese, baking powder and salt in a food processor, blend to mix well.
2. Add the butter (oil, or butter substitute) and eggs
3. Mix until small dough balls begin to form, if it’s too dry add 1-2 tbs of water.
4. Remove the dough from the food processor and roll into a large ball. The dough is easy to make ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to a day before baking.
(If you are making the dough by hand, combine all the ingredients in large bowl, using melted butter (once it has cooled down but still liquid), and mix until you have a smooth dough. It’s actually very easy to prepare by hand.
5. Pre-heat the oven to 500 F.
6. Make small round golf-ball sized dough balls and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
7. Chill dough balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes prior to baking.
8. Once the oven reaches 500 F, turn on broiler, place the breads on the middle rack and bake until the breads are golden, about 5-7 minutes. Another option is to pre-heat the oven to 400F and bake at 400F for about 5 minutes and then turn on the broiler.
9. Serve immediately, can be served alone or with your favorite dipping sauce.
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