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PANDEYUCAS (COLOMBIAN CASSAVA BREAD)

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Ingredients
10-13 small pandeyucas
  • 2¼ cups (270 g) cassava flour (you can also find it as tapioca flour, mandioca, yuca flour or yuca starch)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt *See note below*
  • 1½ tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2½ cups (250 g) Mexican queso fresco (grated) *See note below*
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) feta cheese (grated) *See note below*
  • 1 tbsp butter, softenened or at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • Milk, as needed

Directions

1. In a large bowl mix the cassava flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the cheese, butter and egg. Start mixing with your hands and add small amounts of milk while kneading until you get a soft dough. Shape the dough into a large ball, wrap with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.

2. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF (204ºC).

3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and make small balls that measure about 2 inches in diameter (You can make them bigger if you want to). Then, roll each ball into a small cylinder or rope to shape it into a crescent moon, making sure the ends are thinner than the center of the dough.

4. Place the pandeyucas about 1-2 inches (2.54-5 cm) apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them on the top rack of the oven for about 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. Serve immediately.

**Note: Queso costeño is used in Colombia to make these pandeyucas, which is usually very salty. If you can get it, you can use only this type of cheese (instead of the queso fresco and feta) to make them and skip the salt.




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