This soft and fluffy puto is made from flour and not from fermented rice dough. Traditionally, puto is a steamed rice cake. This is normally eaten during snack. It is best served with butter, salted egg and cheese on top.
I remember during college, I never had a week without spaghetti partnered with puto. I was surprised by how those two complement each other. Whether it is with salted egg, cheese or both, I enjoy puto as a snack or whenever I want. Also, you may want to try my famous recipes of Ube Puto or Colourful Mini Puto.
How do you steam puto?
Boil water in a steamer. Fill 3/4 full of batter onto puto moulds or cupcake moulds and place them in the steamer. Puto should be steamed in batches for 15-20 minutes or until the puto has risen or when a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the cooked puto to a wire rack to cool or eat it warm if you wish.
If you don’t have steamer, don’t worry. You can opt to steam-bake puto in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. To steam-bake, pour half an inch of the water into a large roasting or baking tray. Arrange the puto in a single layer on a baking rack and place it over the roasting or baking tray. Cover the puto with aluminum foil to stop steam from escaping.
Soft and Fluffy Puto Recipe
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
4 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
How to Make Soft and Fluffy Puto?
- MAKE BATTER: In a mixing bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder and sugar. Mix to combine.
- Gradually add water while stirring until well-combined and liquidy but not watery. Set aside.
- MAKE MERINGUE: In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs in medium speed until frothy. Gradually add sugar while beating the mixture. Continue beating until soft peak forms.
- Cut and fold the meringue in the batter mixture, a small amount at a time. Be careful not to overmix.
- Carefully pour onto puto moulds, just 3/4 full. You could also use silicone cupcake moulds with liners.
- Top with salted eggs and/or cheese.
- Place them in a steamer. Put on the steamer lid (with cloth around the lid to prevent moisture from dripping).
- Steam for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve and enjoy this Soft and Fluffy Puto with family and friends!
- You can steam puto in a steamer or steam-bake them in the oven. Both work great but will be different slightly in texture. Steaming will give you soft and moist puto but the steam-baked ones will be slightly dense.
- Do a toothpick test to make sure that the puto is cooked through.
- Puto can be left in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
- For a soft and fluffier puto, use cake flour. If you don’t have cake flour, you can use this recipe as a substitute: 1 cup of flour minus 2 tablespoons, then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or corn flour instead.
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