Puto is one, if not the most, popular rice cake recipes from the Philippines. Like all the rice cakes in the country, this spongy and soft delicacy is commonly eaten as a merienda or snack. It is also paired sometimes with other recipes, the most popular is Dinuguan. Yum! Puto and Dinuguan is definitely one of the best food pairings in Pinoy cuisine.
Every region, and even family, has their own version of this classic rice cake recipe. Both ordinary and high-end bakeries in the Philippines have also come up with their own interpretation of Puto. That’s how popular it is!
Puto is usually round with varying sizes and even colors. It also has varying flavors, the plain one is colored white but some like to add butter or cheese, even the purple yam ube, depends on your preference. In this recipe, I will teach you how to make Puto with cheese.
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 tbsp. baking powder
- 5 tbsp. non-fat milk powder
- 1/4 cups butter (or margarine), melted
- 4 cups water
- grated/slices of cheese for toppings
- individual molds or muffin cups
In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, milk powder and sugar together and mix well.
Add the butter and water and make sure to mix thoroughly until the mixture smoothens.
Grease muffin cups or individual molds with melted butter before pouring the mixture into them. Do not fill the molds up to the brim, just fill two-thirds.
Lastly, top Puto with grated cheese before arranging them in the steamer. Steam Puto for ten minutes.
When done, let it cool before putting them in a food box and tying it with ribbon.
Tita Kathy tip:
If you are not into butter, you can try whipping your own version of Puto. Let me know what you came up with on the comment box below!