Ube Puto

This vibrant ube puto which is originated from the Philippines can be enjoyed any time of the day, usually during breakfast or snacks (meryenda). Topped with cheese to get that sweet-salty combination.


2 cups all purpose flour or plain flour
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Large egg
4 Tbsp butter, melted
¾ cup fresh milk or evaporated milk
1 cup water
1 Tsp ube food color
1 tsp ube flavoring
sliced cheese for toppings


1. Using the lower part of the steamer, bring water to a boil.

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar and baking powder). Mix well.

3. Add the egg. Mix with a wire whisk or a mixer if available.

4. Slowly add milk and beat until smooth. Add water and beat continuously until the batter is smooth and thin in texture.

5. This time add the melted butter and ube food coloring and flavor.

6. Stir until all is mixed up well.

7. Fill puto molds with batter up to ¾ full.

8. Arrange molds in the first layer on steamer rack, cover with cloth and place over steamer. If you have second layer, you can steam them at the same time. Don’t forget to put cloth on each layer so the moisture won’t drip on the puto.

9. Lower heat to medium and let puto steam for 8-10 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.

10. Turn off the heat and top each puto with sliced cheese. Cover the steamer for about 1 minute to melt the cheese.

11. Cool the puto before removing the molds.

12. Before eating the puto, spread butter or margarine if desired.

13. Serve and enjoy with family and friends!

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