Milo is a known chocolate drink brand in the country; it consists of chocolate and malt powder. It is marketed as an energy drink because of its high calorie content from carbohydrates. This carbohydrate is used by the body as energy. When mixed with hot water and milk, this drink became the phenomenal beverage that we love! More than a drink, Milo is now being used as flavoring in different sweets or desserts, such as in gelatin and ice candy. It appeals to many, specially children and kids at heart. Every Pinoy kid may have a story of how he or she used this drink as ulam for breakfast during elementary days. Or how they will just eat it as is, without water or anything-pure powder. Or how they will put ice into it and drink it cold. You have your own story for sure. Now, imagine this drink as flavor of your favorite snack, puto. It is not disgusting, believe us. It will look like a muffin or cupcake with its color. One can be mistaken with it.
Puto is a classic Pinoy snack. It is a steamed rice cake that is traditionally made from slightly fermented dough. Rice is soaked overnight to ferment slightly. Nowadays, puto mix or flour is available. It makes the preparation easier! But a traditional one will still be different. Puto can be eaten as is or in accompaniment to savory dishes, especially dinuguan. Have you tried this combo before? If not, you should look for one. This is truly a Pinoy thing that you should experience. In this puto recipe, we will add a stronger chocolate flavor-cocoa. Of course, a puto will not be complete without cheese. So top it with that yellow goodness. Yum! Are you ready to make yours? Follow these easy steps and you are on your way to a delicious snack! Happy cooking!
For the choco mixture:
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1/2 cup Milo powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup hot water
For the puto mixture:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 pcs eggs
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup evaporated milk
sliced cheese for toppings
1. First, let’s make the choco mixture. Combine the cocoa powder, Milo powder, white sugar and hot water in a mixing bowl. Mix well then set aside.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the cheese. Mix well.
3. Add the prepared choco mixture then mix. If the mixture is kind of dry, add some more water. (To mix it better, use an electric hand mixer)
4. Pour the mixture in puto molders with cupcake liners. Arrange them properly in the steamer.
5. Steam for about 8-10 minutes. After that, add sliced cheese on top of each cooked puto. Steam again for 2 minutes.
6. Remove each puto from the molders then serve.
7. Enjoy your choco puto with cheese!