Delicious, pale puto married with the creamy sweetness of the beloved leche flan—now that’s a match made in heaven that’s perfect at any time of the day. If you’ve ever had trouble choosing between the fluffiness of puto and the caramelly custard of leche flan, this recipe puts together a new favorite that’s sure to be a hit at the next potluck! It’s also a great way to make use of the entire egg instead of using only the yolk or the whites for the flan or the puto respectively, so there’s no waste involved. Serve these little bundles of deliciousness with plenty of hot coffee or cocoa during a family occasion or a gathering for a large number of people—now you can enjoy both of these beloved Filipino delicacies in one mouthful at any time of the day! Just step in the kitchen and give it a try.
- For the Flan:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (370g)
- 2 tsps. of lemon or calamansi juice
- For the Puto:
- 2 cups of All-purpose flour
- 4 tsps. Baking powder
- ⅔ cup of white granulated sugar
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 4 eggwhites
- 1¼ cup of water
- a few drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
- Create your flan first by mixing the egg yolks and condensed milk, then add the lemon/calamansi juice (if you are using an extract, reduce the measurement to 1 tsp)
- Heat water in you steamer, and then bring to a boil. Grease your puto moulds lightly, and fill them with your flan mixture about ⅓ full. You can use sauce dispensers made of plastic to make it easier to distribute your mixture.
- Steam your flan make sure to wrap your steamer cover with a towel, I kept mine on medium heat and steamed the flan for a good 20 minutes, make sure to check your flan once in a while and see if the flan is almost cooked and no longer in its liquid form, that means it’s ready. Set aside.
- Create your puto mixture. Sift your dry ingredients together. add your wet ingredients and mix, but do not OVERMIX. If you have another plastic dispenser, transfer your mixture.
- Add your puto mixture over your flan mixture and steam again for around 15 minutes. Or until it has risen and shows a shiny dome.
- Allow them to cool down before your remove them from the moulds to make sure that the flan and the puto stick together. Use a knife to loosen the puto from the mould and tap slightly to release.
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