Thermomix Brazilian Cheese Puffs with Pesto

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Thermomix Brazilian cheese puffs recipe combines a crisp, light, oozy cheese puff with a delicious hit of garlicky pesto. The recipe is suitable for the Thermomix or a food processor.

Overhead shot of Brazilian Cheese puffs on a cooling tray.

If you have ever had Brazilian cheese puffs you would know that it’s impossible to stop at just one, or even two! Imagine how much better those light cheesy puffs would be with a hit of garlic or a dollop of pesto baked into the cheesy goodness!

There is no need to imagine any longer! I had a Brazilian bread cook fest and made so many delicious variations of these babies in the Thermomix. I think you will find it difficult to go back to just plain cheese after trying these recipe variations.

This is a Thermomix recipe but it can easily be adapted for a food processor so I will give both directions. The total time from recipe start to finish is only about 20 minutes so this is a really speedy snack or main meal accompaniment.

Brazilian Cheese puffs in a tray cooling

Thermomix Brazilian Cheese Puffs Variations

I have been making these cheese puffs every day this week and each time I make a variation just to test our the theory that everything is better with cheese.

Garlic Cheese – Place a peeled bulb of garlic in the TM with 3tsp oil. Blend 3 sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the bowl and repeat. Add 2 teaspoons of garlic paste to the cheese puffs ingredients prior to blending.

Sundried Tomato & Cheese – Once the batter has been added to the muffin tin add a few slices of finely chopped sundried tomato to the top of each cheese puff.

Cheesy Mite Puffs – Warning I love vegemite! Once the batter has been added to the muffin tin add a few 1/2 tsp of vegemite to the top of each cheese puff. I call this the Aussie Brazilian Cheese puff!

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Overhead shot of Brazilian Cheese puffs on a cooling tray.

Pesto Brazilian Cheese Puffs

Julie Carlyle
Pesto Brazilian cheese puffs combine everything you love about the crisp, light, oozy cheese puff with a delicious hit of garlicky pesto.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 12 puffs
Calories 184 kcal



  • 25 g parmesan cheese
  • 60 g basil 1 bunch
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 25 g pinenuts
  • 45 g olive oil mild
  • 15 g lemon juice fresh

Brazilian Cheese Puffs

  • 70 g Parmesan cheese cut into 4 pieces
  • 160 g milk can be skim or full cream
  • 1 egg
  • 60 g oil mild
  • 170 g arrowroot flour (the container has 185g - I use a whole container)
  • 1 tsp salt



  • Place the parmesan cheese in TM bowl. Grate 3sec/Speed 9.
  • Reserve cheese for later.
  • Place the basil, garlic, pinenuts, olive oil and lemon juice to TM bowl. Blend 10 sec/Speed 7.
  • Scrape down bowl.
  • Add reserved parmesan cheese. Combine 10 sec/Speed 2.5.
  • Transfer pesto to a jar. Add a thin layer of oil to the jar to prevent oxidisation.

Brazilian Cheese Puffs

  • Preheat the oven to 220-degrees Celsius, spray a 12 hole muffin tin with oil.
  • Place cheese into TM bowl. Grate 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add milk, oil, egg, flour and salt to the cheese.  Blend 20 sec/Speed 8.
  • Scrape down bowl.  Blend 5 sec/Speed 8.
  • Fill the muffin tin 3/4 full of batter.
  • Add one teaspoon of the pesto to the top of each cheese puff.
  •  Bake for 12-15 minutes (220°C) Serve hot.


NOTE: The nutritional information is completely overstated for this recipe as it assumes that all the pesto was used in the Cheese Puffs recipe.  You will have a small jar of pesto left after making the recipe. 
Use the remaining pesto on sandwiches, over steak or as a dip with cheese and biscuits.


Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 332mgPotassium: 58mgVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 1.6mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Brazilian cheese puffs, Bread, Cheese, Cheese puffs, Dough
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Overhead shot Brazilian Cheese puff with pest on white background

If you’re looking for another delicious garlic bread treat why not try my garlic star bread! It’s so easy and impressive!

I’d love to hear your thought on the recipe. What other flavour variations do you think would be good added to the Brazilian cheese puffs. Brett has said that tomorrow he will be making Pizza Brazillian cheese puff with salami, garlic paste and sundried tomato! I’m not sure how all those toppings will go but I’m sure there will be an FB update!!

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