Puto is a versatile dish in Filipino culture. Usually made as a dessert, this sticky, sweet rice cake can also be made for breakfast or an afternoon snack. In addition, it can be used to dip in broth-based dishes such as stews. The main ingredients in a basic puto recipe are rice (or rice flour) and sugar although it is quite common to mix in tropical flavors native to the Philippines, such as bananas, guava and papaya. A delicious baked Philippine puto can be made in a few steps.
Things You'll Need
- Long grain rice
- Mesh strainer or colander
- Food processor
- Baking powder
- Cheese (optional)
- Vegetable oil spray
- Muffin pans
Soak 3 cups of long grain rice in water in a large bowl overnight. Drain the water using a mesh strainer or colander once during the soaking process to drain away excess starch.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drain the water from the rice. Transfer the rice to a food processor. Pulse the rice several time to puree. Pour rice puree back into the bowl.
Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 3 tsp. of baking powder. Mix well using a whisk.
Separate six eggs and add them to a medium-sized bowl. Reserve the egg yolks for later use. Add 3 tsp. sugar. Beat egg white for several minutes with the whisk until stiff peaks form.
Fold eggs into the rice mixture gently.
Lightly spray two large muffin pans with vegetable oil. Pour the puto batter into pans until they are about 3/4 fill. Top with your favorite cheese if you'd like.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until puto is springy to the touch.
Remove the puto from the oven and set it aside. Turn off the oven. Allow the puto to cool for about five minutes and remove it from the pans.
Tips & Warnings
- In step 1 when sifting the Ingredients and mixing the Milk calculate the Milk at the proper measurement because additional milk may soften the batter and cause it to fail to hold together.
- In step 2 when adding the 2 tbsps of sugar " it helps keep the air in the beaten egg white"
- 1.) The only warning I can give is while removing the hot muffin pan from the oven always use oven mittens or oven gloves!
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