Dec 01

Puto (Filipino Rice Cakes)

homemade puto easy

Here’s another Filipino recipe! This time from my sister Lisa. Puto is a very popular snack in the Philippines. It’s usually made with rice flour, but this recipe just calls for regular flour. She made it a few weeks ago- it tastes pretty authentic! So here’s her recipe ūüôā


Puto recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 cups water
1/3-1/2 cup shredded cheese (best if you use the Filipino ‘Eden’ brand, but cheddar works great if you can’t find that kind)

Other things you need:
A steamer
Some sort of cloth, like a small towel
Cooking oil
Puto molds (my sister got hers in the Philippines.These are the closest thing that I could find online. From the reviews it sounds like others have used them for making puto).


Step 1: Heat water to boiling in the steamer
Step 2: While waiting for the water to boil, mix the ingredients together
Step 3: Grease the inside of the molds with oil (this will make it so the¬†puto¬†won’t stick)
Step 4: Fill each of the molds 3/4 to 4/5 full with batter
Step 5: Once the water in the steamer is boiling, place the puto molds inside the pan (not the pan with the boiling water, but the pan with holes that goes on top of the boiling water)
Step 6: Cover the pan with a cloth or small towel (use this instead of a lid to prevent water from gathering on the lid and dripping on the puto, thus making it mushy)
Step 7: Steam the puto for 20 minutes
Step 8: Remove the puto from the molders
Step 9: Enjoy! You can eat the puto hot, or you can store it in the refrigerator and eat it chilled later. It is recommended that you store leftovers in the refrigerator to preserve freshness

Caution: it is a good idea to open a door or window and/or turn on a fan while the put is being steamed, as lots of steam will be produced. My sister forgot to do that and ended up with yellow steam streaks on the wall behind the stove ūüėČ