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Pan de Yuca (Gluten-Free)

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This easy and delicious gluten-free cheese bread made with tapioca flour, has its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time!

 An easy and delicious cheesy gluten-free bread with its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time! #pandeyuca #pan #bread #cheesy #tapioca #yuca #ecuador #southamerican #Ecuadorian #glutenfree

I first encountered Pan de Yuca when I first entered Ecuador by bus–smack dab in the middle of a year long journey that began in Costa Rica. I lived in the small village of Peguche for 3 months, visiting the markets of neighboring Otavalo a few times a week. Pan de Yuca was one such thing that stuck with me from those visits, as I absolutely fell in love with Yuca (not to be confused with Yucca), finding myself eating it nearly every day just about any way you could buy it or prepare it!

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Yuca, also known as manioc or cassava, is an amazing tuber that cooks similarly to potato but has a unique and satisfying flavor all of its own. I was delightfully happy to discover that here in the states you can easily purchase tapioca starch/flour, which is the powdered form of this much loved Latin American root.

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While traditionally made with freshly made queso blanco in Ecuador, I chose to make it with a blend of feta & parmesan for an extra dose of cheesy flavor, as I am a self admitted cheese fiend! But, if you would like to be more traditional, you can make this with queso fresco instead (easily found here in the states).

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This bread is so very wonderfully chewy and cheesy, and whether or not you adhere to a gluten free diet, I promise that you will be amazed by this easy & tasty bread!

I derived much joy from recreating one of my beloved favorites from travels past, and I so hope it inspires & transports you too…

 An easy and delicious cheesy gluten-free bread with its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time! #pandeyuca #pan #bread #cheesy #tapioca #yuca #ecuador #southamerican #Ecuadorian #glutenfree

This Gluten-Free Cheesy Pan de Yuca Bread is

  • Fun and easy to make.

  • Super cheesy, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

  • Soft and chewy.

  • Hearty and filling.

  • Versatile and complements a variety of dishes.

  • Wholly addictive!

  • Gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, grain-free, sugar-free.

 An easy and delicious cheesy gluten-free bread with its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time! #pandeyuca #pan #bread #cheesy #tapioca #yuca #ecuador #southamerican #Ecuadorian #glutenfree

Tips for making Pan de Yuca

  • I’ve now made this bread hundreds of times, each time with a slight variation but always delicious results. Simply put: this recipe is versatile!

  • You can easily halve or double the recipe with the same results.

  • This is my favorite version of this recipe, but I make it all the time with some of the following variations.

  • You can replace these cheese in this recipe with any cheese of your choice. We often use shredded cheddar, mozzarella or a blend of the two. Just keep in mind that you may need to add a tad more milk when using drier cheeses for the dough to come together properly.

  • You can throw in a handful of fresh or dried herbs, minced garlic or chopped garlic for tasty results.

  • Any milk or even water can replace the coconut milk in a pinch.

  • This bread tastes best fresh out of the oven, but will keep lightly covered at room temperature for about 4 hours or store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to one week and re-heat in 350F oven until softened and warmed throughout. This bread will turn quite hard, but when re-heated the cheese begins to melt and the bread begins to soften again.

 An easy and delicious cheesy gluten-free bread with its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time! #pandeyuca #pan #bread #cheesy #tapioca #yuca #ecuador #southamerican #Ecuadorian #glutenfree

Pan de Yuca is very similar to Pão de Queijo, a bread that can be found in Brazil, and Pan de Bono or Pan de Queso, a cheese bread from Colombia.

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Roasted Green Chile, Potato, & Quinoa Soup (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

 

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Pan de Yuca

This easy and delicious gluten-free cheese bread made with tapioca flour, has its roots in Ecuador. Pan de Yuca will become a dinner table staple in no time!
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Course: Appetizers, Savory Baked
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, Gluten-Free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 bread rolls
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tbs coconut milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients
  • .In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients & cheese until evenly combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until smoothly combined. Let batter sit for a few minutes.
  • Knead dough until you have one smooth round ball. Divide dough into 12 rounds.
  • Place rounds on your parchment line baking sheet & place on the middle rack of your preheated oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for 10 minutes or until firm & beginning to brown.
  • Best served fresh & warm–but also stores well in the fridge & reheats well in oven!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the ‘Tips’ section above in the post for valuable information.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1185mg | Sugar: 4g
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Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.

8 Comments

  • Melanie C
    01/23/2021 at 12:30 PM

    This was my first attempt at making pan de yuca, and I skimmed through several recipes before deciding to try this one. The coconut milk in place of water gave it just a hint of sweetness.
    The pan de yuca was delicious, and so pretty. I used grated Oaxaca cheese, which is probably too wet making my pan de yuca pretty dense.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      01/23/2021 at 12:33 PM

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I love Oaxaca cheese. It is a somewhat dense bread, but yes, there can be some variances with cheeses used for certain! 🙂

      Reply
  • iLikeToast
    01/11/2021 at 2:07 AM

    I used the metric conversion and the results were very wrong. 2 cups crumbled cheese should not convert to 300g. The buns puddled out as they were baking and the result has a pudding-like texture and tastes strongly of cheese (I used cheddar, cheddar and parmesan 0.5kg in total as instructed!) I will try to slice a “bun” into fingers and cook them under the grill today; I may find it more palatable that way, a bit like a polenta stick. My other half enjoyed trying a bun, but he loves cheddar haha!

    Can the metric conversion be fixed?

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      01/11/2021 at 10:20 AM

      Hi! I apologize for the discrepancy with the metric conversions. This is not something I input myself, it is automatically calculated by the recipe card I use. I will add a disclaimer to my recipe card so that people are aware that it may not be accurate. Thank you for letting me know! And, sorry again.

      Reply
  • Ellen Jaramillo
    01/10/2021 at 5:03 PM

    5 stars
    This is the 2nd time in 2 days that I’m making this. As I have no experience with South American baked goods, I was about to throw out my 1st try (after forcing myself to eat 3). But my Colombian husband assured me that they were absolutely right and the best thing I had EVER made. I don’t know how to tag on Instagram so I can’t send you photos.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      01/10/2021 at 5:22 PM

      Oh my goodness, this makes me so happy to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share. 🙂

      Reply
  • Jennifer
    06/03/2020 at 10:20 PM

    5 stars
    This is the tastiest recipe ever. And it was so easy to make!! Thank you, thank you. All this time I had no idea how easy it was to make and I lived in Ecuador for years. I would pay 50cents per piece. However, I will be very careful how many times I make it and how many I eat because that was a lot of butter and a lot of cheese haha.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      06/03/2020 at 11:23 PM

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for the kind words! This makes me so happy to hear! I appreciate the feedback. Yes, a lot of butter and cheese, but so so good. 🙂
      -Kristen

      Reply

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