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Yuca bread or cassava bread

Yuca bread or cassava bread

To get a better idea of what yuca tastes like and what you can make with it, try making yuca bread, as people did in South America thousands of years ago, and still do today.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix a cup of tapioca flour (look in the health food/gluten-free section of a big grocery store or order it from Amazon) with about a cup of water until it makes a dough and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Use a fork to fluff up the mixture. In a medium-size frying pan, heat a little peanut oil until it’s medium-hot, and put a few spoonfuls of the dough in. Flatten them out with a spatula and fry for a few minutes. Then use a wide spatula to flip the bread over and brown the other side.

Repeat with more batter until the whole batch is done and you run out of batter. Eat hot, or wait for it to cool, but yuca bread is better if you eat it the same day you make it. For more flavor, try spreading mashed avocado or peanut sauce on the bread.

More about the history of yuca
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