Just like the name suggests, cheese breads are warm balls of bread made with cheese mixed into the dough. The cheese itself is actually minimal and does not provide a string after biting, but it is present enough to alter the taste of the dough by giving it a salty and rich flavor.
Pao de Queijo (Brazil) is similar to French gougeres, started on the stovetop with eggs beaten in one at a time. They are made with tapioca flour and result in crispy and hollow puffs with chewy and bread-like interiors. They are cheesier than other cheese breads, and make for a perfect accompaniment to a meal or a quick snack.
Where to try them in Miami: Boteco Copacabana. 437 Espanola Way Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 397-8824
Pan de Bono (Colombia) is more dense than their Brazilian counterparts, but they are made with tapioca flour as well. The cheese is not the main star here, but you can sense it in the dough, as it provides sweetness and complexity in every bite. Dip your pan de bono into your cafe con leche for a bite of heaven.
Where to try them in Miami: Cien Anos de Pandebono. 10748 SW 72nd St Miami, FL 33173. (305) 273-1173