|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 10 Crescents (3 Servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||26%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pan de yuca is a savory cheese bread recipe that uses yuca flour instead of wheat flour. The bread has a biscuit-like quality and is traditionally baked in half moon shapes, but you can bake them into round biscuit shapes, too.
Yuca flour is also known as tapioca starch, cassava or manihot esculenta, and tapioca powder is made from the same plant. Yuca is a root vegetable similar to a potato. It's starchy and high in carbohydrates. It's not the same as the yucca plant, which looks pretty in the yard and growing wild in nature but isn't especially good to eat.
- 1/2 cup yuca flour
- 1/2 pound shredded Hispanic fresh white cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Salt to taste
- 4 tablespoons Water to moisten the dough (if necessary)
Heat the oven to 375 F. Grease a baking sheet while you're waiting for the oven to warm up.
Combine the yuca flour, cheese, egg, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Knead the dough until it is completely mixed. If it's dry and begins to crumble, add a little water, a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough begins to hold together.
Separate the dough into ten equal parts. Shape each part into a half moon shape or ball.
Place the dough about 2 inches apart on the greased baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes. The bread should be a golden color when it's done.
- You can double this recipe for a large gathering or for leftovers as long as you use the flour and cheese in equal parts. You can easily reheat the bread by wrapping it in aluminum foil and warming it in a 200 F oven for 5 minutes or so. Avoid wrapping the foil too tightly.
- Serve the bread hot, straight out of the oven, for a spongier texture or serve it warm after the dough has settled.
- If you're not ready to bake the bread immediately, the dough will keep in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.
- Substitute mozzarella cheese if you can't find a good Hispanic white cheese or if you prefer mozzarella.
- For a gluten-free bread, use baking powder that's labeled as gluten-free.
- Add an ounce of softened butter if you prefer a richer dough.