Ok, I need for someone here to shed some light on this for me. Is it yuca or yucca? How do you spell it? I’ve seen it written both ways, but I once heard that Yucca is actually an ornamental plant, so I’ve been spelling it yuca when referring to the root vegetable. For this recipe I did not use the vegetable itself but I did used yuca flour (also known as Tapioca or Cassava flour). If you are unsure of what vegetable I am talking about, check out these previous posts where I made arañitas de yuca and yuca mash.
This bread is one of my favorites, specially because aside from being loaded with cheese, it is very unique and surprisingly easy to make. Even thou it’s technically a bread, I love it mainly as a snack. I like to make a big batch and once baked, I keep a basket in the counter for me to enjoy all day long. One time I ate a whole batch by myself. No judging please! I mean, you understand right? Take a look at all that cheesy goodness! How could I not?
The key ingredient for this recipe is the Mexican cheese queso blanco. Lots of queso is added to the flour to form the dough. I love Cacique’s queso blanco and recommend you use it, because it has a wonderful authentic flavor and it crumbles and softens easily adding the right moisture this recipe needs. BTW, Cacique right now is having a sweepstakes with an awesome prize of an expenses-paid family trip to enjoy a VIP movie experience in Los Angeles, featuring a behind-the-scenes studio tour and private screening of the movie The Book of Life. Check out the wonderful sweepstake page with more info on how to enter, the movie, and the Cacique book of recipes.
This recipe calls for just a few ingredients which makes it perfect for making it in now time and with the help of your little ones. My daughter Little L already helps me shape the balls before baking them. She is the sweetest little helper and I love that she gets involved because this is a recipe I grew up enjoying in the Dominican Republic and is so popular in other Latin American countries. I get so happen when great ingredients allow me to make food for my family that will also instill tradition.
Once the dough comes together the fun begins. Have your family members help you make the golf ball size buns to be bake until golden perfection.
This bread is so versatile. You can have it for breakfast, dipped in soup, with a cup of coffee or my favorite way: with a cup of hot chocolate while watching a movie.
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ pound queso blanco
- 4 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Add in the egg, shredded cheese, and water.
- Mix well with your hands until a smooth dough is formed.
- With your hands roll golf ball size balls and place them on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.