Cuñapes – Bolivia’s Cheese Bread

cuñape cheese bread

The first and only time I’ve eaten this delicious breads (before I cooked them for the post) was at my friends Valentina’s place. She organized a baby shower for our friend Annabelle and every one of us had to bring something to eat. Everything was already on the table when she came out of her kitchen with those yummy looking breads, still warm from the oven and smelling like heaven. My plate was already full but I couldn’t resist to get one of them and bite immediately. They were warm, fluffy, soft and amazing good! My direct reaction was: – Valentina, I need this recipe for the blog!

Cuñapes is the name of the dish Bolivians gave to the quite spread in Latin America “Pan de yuca”, I also learned that day that depending where you are from it’s called different. For example in Argentina or Paraguay they call them “Chipas” and in Brasil “Pao de queijo”.


  • 500 gr manioc flour
  • 400 gr grated gouda cheese
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • salt
  • 50 ml milk


Mix the flour with the cheese, two eggs, the baking powder and a pinch of salt. If the dough still doesn’t have a good texture, add another egg to the mixture. At this point if the dough it’s still dry, add some milk.

Form little balls with the dough. Insert your thumb into the bottom of the ball to make a hole. Place them on top of a baking sheet with baking paper on it. Let it sit for 15 minutes. You can bake them immediately or save for later refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 220 ºC. Place them in the oven between 10-15 minutes.

Tip: They should be eaten immediately if not they get hard. If that happens, just put them a few seconds in the microwave, and they’ll be perfect again.

cuñapes cheese bread



Thanks Valentina for this deliciousness, I’ll have to train more, yours are still the best ones I’ve ever had!

Read you soon!