Pan de Yuca/ Yuca Bread#BreadBakers

July 10, 2018mayurisjikoni
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This pan de yuca, yuca bread or cassava bread recipe has been in my recipe book for over a year. I had once bought some cassava flour to try out some traditional African recipe. Lost the recipe, couldn’t remember the name and was left with the bag of flour. When I cleaning out the fridge, the flour came out from some hidden corner. Googled for recipes to use up the flour and came across the recipe for pan de yuca. I jotted it down and decided to check out other similar recipes. What got me so confused was the different oven temperatures used, the amount of cheese used. A bit frustrated, thought I’ll get back to the recipe the following day. That did not happen. The flour was taken by my maid to her home to make porridge.


What is Yuca/Cassava?

Went back to the recipe when Stacy who blogs at  Food Lust People Love suggested Gluten Free Bread. Cassava, yuca, yucca or tapioca is a starchy tuber full of carbohydrates but gluten free. Its very common to find cassava being sold in Mombasa practically throughout the year. I use the fresh tuber to make Cassava in Coconut Milk, or use it as a snack- Fried Cassava either by frying or boiling the pieces and serving with salt, chili powder and lemon. Check out the fried cassava and Garlic Chilli Mogo. Cassava crisps(chips) as we call it is my favorite. The flour is usually used to thicken a gravy or a soup or used to bind boiled potatoes, cassava, sweet potato to make cutlets or patties.

Pan de Yuca/Yuca Bread

Using a substantial amount of flour to bake a bread was the first for me. I’m so glad this time round I got the opportunity to make pan de yuca. I read through quite a few recipes and made the one that worked for me. I followed the recipe from However, perhaps next time I would like to try using just the extra soft cheese.

Pan de Yuca is very famous in the Latin American Countries. The recipes may vary a little from country to country. They are also known by different names but the basic ingredient of using cassava or yuca flour and soft cheese called queso fresco is the same. Its known as pan de queso in Colombia, Chipas in Argentina and Paraguay, Cuñape in Bolivia, Pao de Queijo in Brazil, Pan de Yuca in Ecuador.


How did Pan de Yuca turn out?

Overall comments from the family…its delicious and they could not believe that I had not used plain or wheat flour. I liked the cheesy flavor of the bread. In spite of the different instructions, measurements and baking times, this bread is really very easy to make. Though the rolls are not super soft, the outer crunchy layer and inner soft centre were good enough for us. To make a more softer centre, add 4 cups of soft cheese.





Enjoy gluten free, cheesy, soft and crunchy South American bread Yuca de Pan with your tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Made from yuca/cassava flour and soft cheese.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine South American
Servings 12 buns


  • cups yuca, yucca, cassava flour
  • 3 cups soft cheese like mozzarella, feta, queso fresca, soft paneer use a mixture or one type
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup soft butter about 100g
  • 2 large eggs lightly whiskeds
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • a pinch of salt or more,depends on the type of cheese used


  • Line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
  • Grate or crumble the cheese finely into the bowl.
  • Add eggs and bring the flour mixture together to form a dough.
  • If it appears dry and does not bind well, add milk one tablespoon at a time. You may not need it at all, depends on how soft the cheese is.
  • Take about a golf ball size dough and roll it into a ball.
  • Place it on the prepared tray.
  • Do the same with the remaining dough.
  • Place the tray in the fridge and let the rolls chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Bake the rolls for 15 minutes or till the bottom of the roll is golden brown.
  • Switch on the broiler to high and let the rolls bake till the tops become a little brown. Remember to check, as you don't want the tops to burn.
  • Serve warm with some tea or coffee. Serve it with some hot sauce or some jam.


  • I used half mozzarella and half cheddar cheese to get the cheese flavour.
  • If you’re using a salty cheese like feta, be careful how much salt you add.
  • More cheese is added to get a soft eclair like texture.
  • Left over rolls can be easily warmed up in the oven. Cover with a foil and bake for 10 mins or just warm them under the broiler.
Keyword baked, cassava flour, cheese bread, gluten free, soft cheese, south american bread, tapioca flour, yuca flour

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  • Stacy

    July 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I wondered when I saw the name of your bread if it would be the same as my pão de queijo, Mayuri. They look similar from the outside but your method of mixing the dough and the inside texture is completely different. Still cheesy and delicious, I’m sure. There is no such thing as bad cheese bread!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Stacy I was expecting the soft eclair like texture but guess that did not happen as I didn’t use only soft cheese. However, the rolls were perfect even after a day. Had them with some soup.

  • sneha datar

    July 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    These breads look amazing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:09 am

      Thanks Sneha.

  • sneha datar

    July 10, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    These bite size cheesy bread look amazing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:08 am

      Thanks Sneha.

  • Vidya Narayan

    July 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    What an amazing share! Loved the recipe and the bread definitely looks great in terms of texture. Gluten Free – Double thumbs up!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:07 am

      Thank you so much Vidya.

  • wendyklik

    July 11, 2018 at 3:13 am

    They look like perfect dinner rolls.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:07 am

      Thanks Wendy.

  • Karen

    July 11, 2018 at 5:45 am

    These look great! It’s amazing that there is no wheat flour in these!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 11, 2018 at 6:07 am

      Thanks Karen, I too was quite surprised how the rolls turned out.

  • Kalyani

    July 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    perfectly made rolls, Mayuri ! never used Cassava flour, but glad that you could find it in your pantry .. I can imagine these warm rolls with a hot bowl of soup.. yum yum…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Kalyani. These rolls turned out so good, I too was surprised that using only cassava flour the rolls were not chewy at all.

  • poonampagar

    August 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    The bread looks so good..would love having it with some soup !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:03 am

      It tastes really different and soft, try it Poonam.


    August 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Never heard of this before. But I love yuca and surely on my to do list.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Linsy, I’m sure you’ll get yuca flour and its so easy to make this delicious bread.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 2, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    5 stars
    Interesting recipe with cassava flour, eggs and cheese. Somewhat like pao de Queijo that we used to get in Brazil. I love to try out recipes from other Countries.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Shobha, I think that’s what this bread is called in Brazil.

  • Archana

    August 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

    5 stars
    On Sunday when Akanksha and I went grocery shopping we touched the bag of cassava flour and kept it back. She had not carried her phone else Google would have had us buying the sack.
    But now I know what I want to do so next time we will definitely buy and try. Loved the bread is the synopsis.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 4, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      Archana do try out the bread its easy to make and soooo delicious.

  • Preethicuisine

    August 6, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    Yuca bread sounds interesting. Baking with cassava flour is absolutely new to me. Love the cheesy flavours with a lovely crust .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. Pan de Yuca do taste very different.

  • Malini Vivekananthan

    August 11, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    The texture of the bread looks perfect. I have seen cassava flour, always thought it, what can I make out of it. Heard it’s lighter than Maida and it’s a great alternative when it comes to gluten-free flour. Now after seeing your recipe. I am going to add this flour to my shopping list. Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Malini. The bake definitely is very light and the bread is so different from the normal kind. Try the recipe.

  • Hem lata srivastava

    August 11, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    5 stars
    You are an amazing baker mayuri what a wonderful share it is.
    Bread looks great in texture would love to try it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    August 12, 2020 at 4:28 am

    5 stars
    Loved this gluten free bread!! The texture of the bread is absolutely perfect. I have not used cassava flour in my baking. Love the cheesy flavour …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Niranjana, this bread is different from the normal ones we know, so give it a try.

  • Swati

    August 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    Never used cassava flour in baking though read a lot about it these days as a substitute for wheat flours..looking at your pics shall soon to try it.. loved these cheesy soft buns!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Swati not too sure how it would work as a substitute for wheat flour but pan de yuca is made from cassava flour. The bread is totally different from the normal breads we know.

  • Jolly

    August 13, 2020 at 5:17 am

    5 stars
    These bite size cheesy bread look amazing.The texture of the bread looks perfect. The name of the bread sounds interesting itself and cassava flour is absolutely new to me, can we get this flour in India

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly. The texture of pan de yuca is so different from normal breads. Try on amazon. The other name is tapioca flour.

  • Jayashree

    August 13, 2020 at 11:06 am

    5 stars
    Lovely bakes, they look really good. I have never used cassava flour, must check out sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, do try baking with cassava flour.

  • Amrita

    August 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    5 stars
    It’s always good to learn new…as I learned today about this gluten free bread. You have beautifully explained it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita.

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