These little cheese bread balls are very popular in Brazil where I grew up. I still remember coming home from school, walking into the house and smelling them fresh out of the oven. That was the moment when I knew I had to be faster than my brother and race him to the kitchen to see who could get more handfuls of “pão de queijo”. These are the perfect snack, crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and cheesy in flavor, impossible to only eat one.

Pão de queijo is gluten free and incredibly delicious. In an attempt to find the very best recipe I made over 14 different recipes, some were pretty good and some did not work for me at all. After a few adjustments I ended up with two recipes: one is the classic pão de queijo and the other for the waffle iron.

Here is the classic pão de queijo recipe. You can mix everything by hand like most Brazilians do or you can use a stand up mixer with the paddle attachment to speed up the process.

Andrea’s Delicious Pão de Queijo

17.5 oz Tapioca flour
5 oz milk
6 oz butter
2.5 oz water
7.5 oz grated parmesan cheese
3 eggs
1 tsp salt

preheat the oven to 350F. Pour the tapioca flour in a large mixing bowl. In a small sauce pan over medium heat mix butter, milk, water and salt until it starts to boil (do not let it boil completely). Remove from heat pour the hot mixture over the tapioca flour turn your mixer on low speed and mix for about 1 min or until clumps have formed. Add the three eggs, mixing on medium/low speed until fully incorporated, add the cheese and mix for another 30 seconds or the dough is smooth. Do not over mix the dough as it can become too hard once it is cooked. The dough should be a little sticky and have the consistency of cookie dough. Grease the palm of your hands and make little balls about 1 inch in diameter (the size of cake pops) placing them on a greased baking sheet. bake for 25-30 min until they are golden and lightly brown. Serve hot


If you are in a hurry and want your cheese bread right away here is a blender recipe for the waffle iron.

Andrea’s Pão de Queijo recipe for the waffle iron.

1 + 1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups tapioca flour
3/4 cup ground cheese
1/2 tsp salt

Put milk, oil, salt and eggs in the blender and blend until completely mixed, add the cheese and blend for another minute, add the tapioca and blend until fully incorporated. Pour your mixture in a hot waffle iron and when it beeps it is ready. I like mine a little more brown on the outside. Have fun!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph a super fun engagement session in San Diego. Kelli & Chris are a great couple, so in love… We had a blast walking around Mission Trails Park.

I Loved the location we chose. I am thinking this is where I will have my next family shoot.

Fun life style engagement photo shoot with a country look in San diego south California part 1
Fun life style engagement photo shoot with a country look in San diego south California part 2

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I don’t really have any bad vices. I have never smoked, I don’t drink either. To be honest I’ve always wanted to be able to drink beer, socially, but I never acquired a taste for alcohol. I tried, but could not get more that a couple of sips down. I pretty much made that “bitter beer” face every time.

I do have one major addiction, I LOVE sugar!!! I really, really do. When I was little I ate chocolate everyday of my life, now I don’t eat chocolate any more because it gives me migraine headaches but there is plenty of other sweets out there. I still love sugar and I eat it everyday, I don’t really care for sodas, but deserts… Ahhhh deserts I can’t resist.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite deserts Condensed Milk Pudding (“It is not flan”, flan), it is very much like a flan but 10 times better (way creamier) and it is gluten free. This recipe does not take a lot of prep time but to achieve the creamy consistency it has to cook for a very long time. So with no more delays here it is:

Condensed Milk Pudding (It is not flan)

Sugar Syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

1 can of condensed milk
1 and 1/2 cans of milk (I measure in the condensed milk can)
3 eggs

Start by making the Sugar Syrup: In a small sauce pan, mix the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, close with a lid (I use a glass lid) and cook over medium heat for 15-20 min until golden brown.


Have your pudding mold ready to receive the sugar syrup, please remember the sauce will be very hot and as soon as you pour it into the mold the mold will become very hot. I always place my mold inside a deep pan (I use my turkey pan, mostly) so I don’t have to move it once I pour the sugar syrup.

Now that the hard part is done let’s move on to the pudding mixture.


To make the Pudding: In a blender mix all the pudding ingredients on high speed,

pour the mixture into the pudding mold. Place the deep pan in the oven, pour enough hot water in the deep pan to make at least 1 1/2 inch deep water bath. I like to use hot water, but cold water will work too, it just may take longer for the pudding to cook.

flan in water bath

bake for 1 hour 40 min at 325F (maybe 350F depending on how hot your oven is)

To test and make sure it is ready, insert a knife into the pudding if it comes out clean then it is ready.

The end result should be a very creamy, silky texture. If you ended up with little bubbles instead, your oven temperature was too hot or you did not have enough water in the pan for the water bath.

Artisan Milk Pudding – Custard type desert

When Brooke and I talked about her family shoot she thought it would be nice to incorporate the fall look into the shoot. Fall Leaves are not the easiest thing to find in Southern California but we did find a nice location that had some leaves on the ground and a enough variety to give us a few different settings. It ended up working out quite well.

I made a little video with our favorite images, they turned out great!

I could not help myself and I had to post my favorite image. This little one is so chunky, love those chubby cheeks!
Toddler sitting with fall leaves falling all around him in North county - Carlsbad

  • Brooke Dupper - We had such an amazing experience! Thank you so much Andrea!! You were so great with our little man and the pictures came out perfect! Look forward to working with you again in the future! :)

  • Holly Goldstein - Andrea, you are amazing!! These pictures are beautiful, I will send everyone to you.

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