How to Bake a Delicious Philippine Puto

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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

  • Bowls
  • Long grain rice
  • Mesh strainer or colander
  • Food processor
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Whisk
  • Eggs
  • 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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