I love Brazilian cheese bread, so when Mani founder, Monika Batista, offered to send us samples to review, I was thrilled! Mani Brazilian Cheese Bread makes a great snack, appetizer or side to a bowl of gluten-free pasta or dinner salad. Jon likes to eat them dipped in cold marinara sauce.
- Pizza Stick Shape
Mani Brazilian Cheese Bread is naturally gluten-free and is made in a dedicated facility. The ingredients include manioc starch, cojita cheese, parmesan cheese, milk, safflower oil, pasteurized eggs, sea salt. More about Mani:
Mãní founder Monika Batista grew up eating pão de queijo for breakfast as her family with deep roots in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where this treat originated, would not have it any other way. Her aunts, nuns responsible for the meals provided at a local convent, always managed to send some fresh dough which would be easily turned into small rolls and baked to a golden color. Over the years Monika learned the authentic recipe passed on from her aunts and delighted her friends at home with freshly baked pão de queijo almost daily, to a point where they nicknamed her house the “Casa do Pão de Queijo”, literally “The House of the Cheese Bread”.
Mãní collaborators who had never heard of pão de queijo until they were lucky enough to taste one of Monika’s creations were convinced from their first bite that this delectable treat was so good that other Americans would love it too. Their background in food product development and sales and marketing gave them the idea to share this great tasting and easy to like food with snack lovers around the country, but it had to be introduced in its original and authentic recipe.
Mãní was born from this expertise and this vision. Although we toyed with the idea of naming the product “Nun’s Buns” it soon became obvious that Monika’s aunts’ contribution should remain only their secret recipe. We named it after the princess from the Amazon from which the manioc root gets its name (mani-oca meaning literally the house of Mãní). Mãní, according to an ancient Amazon legend is considered the Mother of the Manioc.
*The products mentioned in this blog post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts an opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.