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South American Breads

A sampling of traditional bread recipes from all over South America. Find recipes for holiday breads, favorite everyday breads, and breads with unusual ingredients and flavors.

South American Breads
Photos with links to recipes for a variety of South American bread.

South American Cheese Breads - Pao de Queijo, Pandebono, and Chipa
These breads from Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay have many things in common, but each one is unique and calls for very specific ingredients. Learn about the specialy ingredients in these popular breads and how to find them.

Pao de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Bread
These delicious cheese rolls from Brazil (pao de queijo) are made with cassava (tapioca) flour, which gives them their distinctive taste and texture. They're also gluten free.

Honey Quinoa Bread - Pan de Quinoa y Miel
This is a moist, high protein, wholesome bread. It has nutty texture that comes from the cooked grains of quinoa. It keeps very well, and is excellent toasted.

Bread Machine Recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal Bread
A quick and easy bread machine recipe for bread made with the nutritious Andean grain called quinoa.

Quinoa Dinner Rolls - Pancitos de Quinoa
These sweet whole wheat dinner rolls are made with cooked quinoa, a high protein grain from the Andes.

Cachitos - Venezuelan Ham Croissants
Cachitos are a Venezuelan breakfast treat - a delicious crescent roll filled with ham.

Pandebono - Colombian Cheese Bread
Pandebono is a soft chewy cheese bread from Colombia made with tapioca starch (cassava) and cornmeal.

Sopa Paraguaya - Cheesy Cornbread from Paraguay
Serve this dense, savory corn bread with soup or stew, or enjoy it toasted with butter.

Fainá - Garbanzo Flatbread
Fainá is an flatbread made with chickpea (garbanzo) flour. It's very popular in both Argentina and Uruguay, and often served with pizza.

Torta de Choclo - Colombian Fresh Corn Soufflé
Torta de choclo is a sweet soufflé-like corn bread from Colombia.

Marraquetas - Chilean French Bread Rolls
These traditional french bread-like rolls from Chile have a unique shape and are excellent spread with avocado or pebre.

Chilean "Biscuits"
Hallulas are a popular Chilean bread, perfect for ham and cheese sandwiches.

Cornbread Pudding - Bolo de Fubá Cremoso
This Brazilian-style pudding-like cornbread is quick and easy to make..

Savory Cheese Cornbread with Sautéed Onions and Bacon
A cheesy, flavorful cornbread with lots of South American flavor.

Potato Bread - Pan de Papa
This recipe for potato rolls makes soft, slightly sweet dinner rolls. The mashed potatoes added to the dough help keep the rolls soft for several days.

Spiced Sweet Potato Rolls - Pan de Papa Dulce
These sweet, spiced sweet potato rolls make a great addition to the holiday table.

Pan de Jamon - Venezuelan Ham and Olive Bread
Venezuelans enjoy this sweet savory bread stuffed with ham, olives, and raisins at Christmas time.

Chimichurri Parmesan Rolls
Savory bread rolls filled with chimichurri sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Chimichurri Garlic Bread
Chimichurri sauce is made with lots of garlic and herbs, and makes an easy topping for quick garlic bread.

Chimichurri Olive Bread - Bread Machine Chimichurri Bread
This tasty olive chimichurri bread is even better when dipped in chimichurri sauce.

Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls
These unusual and delicious sweet rolls are flavored with panela, a molasses-like unrefined sugar, anise, aand salty cheese.

Colombian Bran Rolls - Mogollas de Salvado
These Colombian-style bran rolls called mogollas de salvado are simple to make and very satisfying.

Pan Chuta - Sweet Anise Bread from the Peruvian Andes
A traditional sweet round bread from Oropesa, near Cusco.

Quick Pão de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Rolls
Cheesy Brazilian rolls made with manioc starch.

Peruvian Chancay Bread - Receta de Chancay
Chancay is the name of a particular Peruvian bread - a sweet, soft roll with a hint of anise flavoring.

Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits - Masarepa Biscuits with Cheese
These delicate cheesy biscuits are made with masarepa, the cornmeal that is used to make arepas.

Whole Wheat Amaranth Bread - Pan de Kiwicha
This healthy whole grain bread is made with the Andean grain amaranth.

Quinoa Flatbread - Pan Plano de Quinoa
This hearty flatbread is made with the Andean grain quinoa, which gives it great flavor and texture, as well as extra protein.

Quinoa Crackers - Galletas Saladas de Quinoa
These slightly spicy crackers had lots of flavor and are made with nutritious quinoa.

Quinoa Potato Bread with Chia Seeds - Pan de Papa con Quinoa y Semillas de Chia
A soft and nutritious bread prepared with several ingredients that are native to Latin America.

Quick Quinoa Bread - Pan de Quinoa Rapido
A quick rising bread made with nutritious quinoa.

Bacon Sandwich Rolls - Pan Chicharrón
These tasty rolls are flavored with bacon, and are great for sandwiches.

Cheese and Olive Bread - Pan de Queso y Acetuna
These crusty baguettes are stuffed with cheddar cheese and sliced green olives.

Tres Puntas Bread - Pan de Tres Puntas
Pan de tres puntas is a delicious triangle-shaped bread from the city of Arequipa, Peru.

Venezuelan-style Arepas
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.

Arepas Con Huevo - Corncake and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Arepas con huevo are delicious fried corncakes, filled with an egg. Much better than an egg mcmuffin - they'll warm you up and keep you going all morning.

Arepas de Choclo - Sweet Corn Cakes with Cheese
Arepas are corn griddle cakes made with a special ground corn. These arepas feature sweet corn and queso fresco.

Bacon Cheddar Arepas - Venezuelan-style Corncakes with Bacon
Thick Venezuelan-style arepa corncakes with bacon and cheddar cheese make a great breakfast.

Breakfast Arepas with Cream Cheese and Guava Jelly
Most of the preparation for these arepas can be done the night before.

Tortitas Negras - Argentinian Brown Sugar Biscuits
These yeast biscuits that are topped with a thick layer of dark brown sugar are a specialty of Argentina.

Bolo de Fuba - Brazilian Cornmeal Cake
A sweet, light cornmeal cake that is perfect for breakfast or snacking.

Almojabanas - Colombian Cheese Rolls
These cheesy rolls are simple to make with cornmeal and eggs.

Flatbread with Queso Fresco, Tomatoes, Rosemary, and Olives
Quick flatbreads with creamy queso fresco cheese, sundried tomatoes, rosemary, and olives.

Panettone - A Latin American Christmas Tradition
Panettone is a rich brioche-like fruitcake that is popular throughout Latin America, especially at Christmas.

Cinnamon Rolls - Rollos de Canela
This easy recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls uses two kinds of potatoes - regular white potatoes and sweet potatoes. It's definitely worth the extra effort - the cinnamon rolls are soft and tender and stay that way for several days.

Cinnamon Rolls with Dulce de Leche
Cinnamon rolls are even better with caramel dulce de leche in the filling.

Eighty Whacks Sweet Rolls - Torta 80 Golpes
These German-Argentinian sweet rolls are filled with sugar, raisins, and nuts, glazes with jam, and drizzled with icing..

Pan Bon de Límon- Sweet Molasses Bread from Costa Rica
This sweet bread with raisins and dried fruit is from Costa Rica.

Flaky Pastry Dough - Masa Hojaldre Para Facturas
A flaky pastry dough that works well for making croissants, danishes, and other Argentinian facturas.

Quick Guava and Cheese Pastries - Pastelitos de Guayaba
Tasty guava and cheese pastries prepared with a few shortcuts to save time.

Sacramentos - Croissants with Quince Paste
Sweet little croissant-like pastries filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).

Pineapple Raisin Scones with Passionfruit Glaze
Filled with dried pineapple and golden raisins, these scones are sweetened with brown sugar and cream of coconut, and topped with a tart passionfruit glaze.

Corn Muffins with Guava - Bolinhos de Fuba con Goiabada
These pretty corn muffins have a sweet center of goiabada, or guava paste.

Homemade High Protein Quinoa Bagels
Bagels made with the high protein Andean grain quinoa.

Caribbean Banana Bread
This very moist banana bread gets great flavor from sweet potatoes, coconut, and candied nuts.

High Protein Banana Bread - Queque de Platano
This tasty banana bread is also quite nutritious, as it's made with high protein quinoa flour.

Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Pecans
This warm cinnamon pumpkin bread will make your house smell wonderful as it bakes.

Sweet Bread "Babies" for All Souls Day - Guaguas de Pan Dulce
Guaguas are traditional bread figures that are part of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrations in the Andes.

Coconut Biscuits with Guava Jelly
The tropical flavors of coconut and guava come together in these wonderful biscuits.

Sweet Potato Biscuits - Bizcochos de Camote
Flaky biscuits with touch of sweetness from sweet potatoes.

Arepas - Venezuelan and Colombian Corn Cakes
These corn cakes from Venezuela and Colombia are made from pre-cooked corn flour, water, and salt and cooked on a griddle.

Coconut Muffins with Pecans
These flavorful coconut muffins have the perfect sweetness for a breakfast muffin.

Multigrain Muffins with Quinoa, Amaranth, and Bran
These tasty bran muffins get a nutritious boost from high protein grains quinoa and amaranth.

Pan de Anís - Aniseed Bread
Anis is a popular ingredient in South American desserts and baked goods. These small, slightly sweet rolls have a soft texture, and make a great afternoon snack with tea or coffee.

Arepas de Queso - Cheesy Corn Cakes
These corn cakes are cooked in butter on a griddle. They're crispy on the outside, soft and cheesy on the inside, and full of corn flavor.

Roti Flatbread
Roti is a grilled flatbread, and there are many variations of roti in the cuisines of Suriame, Guyana, and French Guiana.

Dahl Puri - Indian Flatbread with Seasoned Split Peas
Dhal Puri is an East Indian-style flatbread that is stuffed with seasoned yellow split peas.

Blue Potato Focaccia - Pan Plano con Papas
This savory focaccia is topped with thinly sliced potatoes, shallots, and rosemary.

Savory Queso Freso Cheese Muffins
Onions, peppers, cornmeal and queso fresco cheese make these savory muffins a great addition to the dinner table.

Mango Blueberry Muffins with Almond-Lime Glaze
Mango blueberry muffins combine the fresh tropical flavor of mango with blueberries and lime.

Passion Fruit Muffins - Pastelitos de Maracuyá
These sweet tart muffins are a bit exotic, with passionfruit in the batter and glaze, and a crunchy topping of Brazil nuts.

Brazilian Cornmeal Popovers - Broinhas de Fuba
Sweet popover-like rolls, made with cornmeal.

Portuguese Broa Rolls - Broa de Milho - Pancitos Portugués de Maíz
These rolls are made with cornmeal, and are surprisingly tender and light.

Tropical Breakfast Muffins
Chock full of nutritious tropical fruits and nuts, while low in fat and high in fiber, these muffins will keep you going all morning long.

Strawberry Dulce de Leche Muffins
Tender strawberry muffins, swirled with a touch of dulce de leche, and topped with streusel, will start your day off right.

Brazilian Cornbread - Broa de Milho
A slightly sweet yeasted cornbread, perfect for breakfast or snacking.

Traditional Portuguese Cornbread - Broa de Milho
This Portuguese yeasted cornbread is not sweet and is great for sandwiches.

Fruit, Nut & Seed Bread - Pan de Frutas, Nueces y Semillas
Every slice of this sweet whole grain loaf is full of nuts, dried fruit, and seeds.

Quinoa Apple Muffins - Muffins de Quinoa y Manzana
A nutritious and flavorful muffin made with high protein quinoa flour.

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