When I was in Rio, Ludmilla and I had so many foods that I had never tried before that I was seriously overwhelmed. They were delicious, different and super satisfying for me. As we walked down the boardwalk along the beaches in Rio, we encountered food carts at every turn. It was so hard to not eat at every one of them! But, one of my absolute favorites was the tapioca cart. Now, let me explain. This is not the tapioca that we as Americans are familiar with…the pudding type. This is a totally different kind of tapioca and it’s going to be hard for me to explain. This is a very fine, powdery tapioca that comes from mandioca/yuca that melts when heated. Along the beach they melt it in a small pan, and as it melts they put toppings in it. They then fold it over like an omelet and serve it to you in a paper. It’s absolutely amazing and so delicious. In Brasil they serve it sweet and savory, with cheese and meat, with banana and dulce de leite,….the combinations go on and on. We had it as a breakfast, a snack and a dessert. I wish that we could find it here in the US, but we did manage to bring some back with us on our last trip from Brasil and you wouldn’t believe what we did with it. Ludmilla had the brilliant idea of making it into a waffle! Because of the powdery texture, we added coconut into the tapioca, put it into a hot waffle iron and it totally became the tapioca we had in Brasil!! It was crisp, light and so delicious!! We topped it with bananas and dulce de leite and it was like a trip back to Rio and the beach!!I can’t forget to tell you that these waffles are gluten-free. Enjoy it!!
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- 4 cups of Brazilian tapiocaz
- 2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbp salt
- 1 cup dulce de leche
- ½ cup milk
- 2 bananas
- Sift the tapioca into a big bowl.
- Add the coconut and salt.
- Add the mixture to a waffle machine.
- You will need to add a lot, make sure to cover everything with thick layers. If not will not shape as a waffle.
- Our waffle machine makes thick waffles. We let them cook until the green light went off.
- It was perfectly cooked.
- Warm up dulce de leche with the milk.
- We add the milk just be less thick, to be kind of dulce de leche "syrup".
- Pour the dulce de leche over the waffles.
- Slice bananas and put on top
Beijos and Tchau!