Puto with Cheese Recipe

Puto, known as steamed rice cake, originates from the Philippines. It is usually shaped into small rounds or in the form of a cupcake. Usually topped off with cheese or salted egg. Sometimes, coconut is also used as a topping.

Most Filipinos pair it up with a dish called dinuguan. It can be served during snack time or for dessert. There are plenty of flavors available such as purple yam (ube), pandan, or the most common one, buttered.

Puto is quite easy to make. Most Asian stores even offer puto mixes. Most common method of cooking is by using a steamer,however It is better to make use of bamboo steamer and plastic molds to bring out its natural aroma.

This traditional recipe is guaranteed to yield delicious results. All you need to do is follow the directions and you will soon experience its creamy goodness.

What you need to have:

• Four cups of flour, sifted
• Two cups of powder sugar, sifted
• Two teaspoons of baking powder
• One half cup of butter
• One and a half tablespoons of pandan essence
• One piece of egg
• Cheese
• Water
• Salt

What you need to do:

Place the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder then mix well.

In another bowl, place the melted butter, evaporated milk, egg, water and some pandan essence. Mix it together well until mixture is homogenous.

Slowly stir in the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Make sure that the mixture is even. Keep on mixing. Place the mixture into individual molds, almost three fourths full. Fill in the mold, with an inch of strip of cheese.

Heat a pan filled with water and place the steamer on top. Wait for the water to boil, arrange the molds in the steamer. Cover the steam for almost twenty minutes. Cover and set the water to boil. If you want you can use the cloth to catch the steam and stop condensation. When you are down to the last minute, remove the cover and add some cheese slices again on top. Do the same with the rest of the mixture.

Let it cool completely before removing from the molders otherwise, the chances may be destroyed easily. Serve either hot or cold, if you want. If you want to create flavors, you can buy extracts or natural ones you can use.

Presto! You have your finished Puto with cheese. Enjoy and Happy Eating!

There are plenty of other types of puto in the Philipines. Some of the popular ones are:

1. Puto bumbong. It is a purple rice cake. It is popular around Christmas time. Usually sold outsides of churches and in plazas, this delicious delicacy is a must try. It is served with sugar, butter, and shredded coconut to make a more exciting taste.

2. Puto maya. It is a puto that makes use of sticky rice, stewed on coconut cream, and placed in banana leaves to steam. The puto maya is usually served with mangoes.

3. Puto Binan, is made of rice flour. It has a breaded texture and has a sweet and salty taste due to the cheese content. It is cooked on large, flat, round cakes with the cheese on top. This rice cake is named after the town it originated from.

4. Puto Calasioa. Like the puto Binan, it also got its name from a town, where other famous rice cakes were made such as the kutsinta.

Linda Rosario is a food enthusiast from Chef Needs “The Kitchen that Every Chef Needs”. Linda loves cooking and works as a full time mom to her 2 lovely kids.