So what is Pandeyuca? Before I tell you, I have to say first, they are the yummiest snack you can have. They are easy to make and a crowd pleaser. Children adore them and likewise the grown ups.
Pandeyuca is a small bread made with manioc flour and white cheese or queso blanco. I would say that many countries in Latin America have similar versions. I only make my grand-mother's version.
I watched my grandmother make pandeyuca about the same age my kids watched me making them. It is a tradition as a kid, to watch, wait and ask many questions!!! How much longer? After every 3 minutes or so of waiting, and watching
the pandeyuca slowly swell up with a beautiful golden tan. Then when finally the moment has arrived, the door is open, and the smell of cheese invades the room. The question that follows is, how many can I have?A ritual that is formed once you had your first experience with a pandeyuca.
Now my kids are big kids now. And I am currently here and there not knowing where but it does not matter. What matters is that with me I have all the things that my grandmother taught me, the love of my children, mother, husband, family and friends. However, my love for them is what makes my life full and exciting, particular when I cook for them. They are the best audience I can hope for!
Now you can never go wrong with this recipe. If you add less cheese, the pandeyuca are fluffier and harder. If you are a cheese lover like myself, then the pandeyuca swells in the oven but them it might go flat. Not matter what their final look might be, the taste is what matters.