Brazil: How to Make Brazilian Pastels and Cheese Puffs

About Brazilian Pastels

The Brazilian pastel is a typical fast-food dish, consisting of half-circle or rectangle-shaped thin crust pies with assorted fillings, fried in vegetable oil. The result is a crispy, brownish fried pie. Pastel is the Spanish and Portuguese word for pastry and is the name given to different typical dishes of many countries that speak these languages.

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Ingredients

Pastel (dough)

  • 3 cups flour                                                                      
  • 1 tbsp salt                                                                         
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup hot water

Stuffing

  • Can be filled with ground beef, veggie ground, cheese, ham, or any flavour of your choice! Get creative.

Cheese Puffs

  • ½ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • ⅔ cup Brazilian cheese
  • 2 large beaten eggs

Preparation

Pastels:

Step 1
Place flour into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2
Dissolve salt and oil in a separate bowl of hot water, then add it to the flour while slowly mixing.

Step 3
Once the dough has taken shape, add more water and mix for one more minute.

Step 4
Using a dough sheeter, or with a rolling pin, flatten the dough into rectangular sheets about 26 cm wide; then place 1/2 cup of desired stuffing in each section, leaving 3 cm on either side. Fold the dough on top of the stuffing, then sealing and divide it.

Step 5
Once the pastel is closed with stuffing inside, it must be refrigerated at <4°C immediately in sealed container until cold.

Step 6
Deep fry the pastel until the internal temperature reaches 74°C for 5 seconds. The outside of the pastry should be golden brown.

Step 7
Serve within 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Cheese Puffs:

Step 1
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Step 2
Pour oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
 
Step 3
Stir the cheese and egg into the tapioca mixture until well combined, the mixture will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, 1/4 cup-sized balls of the mixture onto an un-greased baking sheet.
 
Step 4

Bake in preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, for 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 5
Enjoy!

 

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About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. The capital is Brasília, and the most populated city is São Paulo. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, besides being one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to the strong immigration from various places in the world.

Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of 17 megadiverse countries, and is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection. 

Culture

The core culture of Brazil is derived from Portuguese culture, because of its strong colonial ties with the Portuguese Empire. Among other influences, the Portuguese introduced the Portuguese language, Roman Catholicism and colonial architectural styles. The culture was, however, also strongly influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures and traditions.

The indigenous Amerindians influenced Brazil's language and cuisine; and the Africans influenced language, cuisine, music, dance and religion.

Brazilian art has developed since the 16th century into different styles that range from Baroque. to Romanticism, Modernism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstractionism. Brazilian cinema dates back to the birth of the medium in the late 19th century and has gained a new level of international acclaim since the 1960s.

Food

Brazilian cuisine varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's varying mix of indigenous and immigrant populations. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences. Examples are Feijoada, considered the country's national dish; and regional foods such as beiju, feijão tropeiro, vatapá, moqueca, polenta (from Italian cuisine) and acarajé (from African cuisine).

The national beverage is coffee and cachaça is Brazil's native liquor. Cachaça is distilled from sugar cane and is the main ingredient in the national cocktail, Caipirinha.

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