“Puto” is a kind of steamed rice cake in the Philippine cuisine. It is usually eaten as a merienda – a light meal or snack especially in the afternoon, but can also be eaten for breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate but it is best served with “Dinuguan” (Pork blood stew) as a hefty afternoon merienda. Filipinos, known be creative when it comes to cooking, tried to make this puto recipe more delicious and more nutritious. It was the reason why Puto now has a lot of variations thus having no specific place of origin.
It varies from different flavors, shapes and sizes. It is the same reason they came up to the idea of making a cheese-flavored puto or Puto cheese. Puto cheese is made from rice flour or galapong which means that is rich in carbohydrates and will be a good substitute to rice meals, if you are on, you know, diet. Cheese on the other hand is a good source of protein since it came from milk.
Here on the Philippines the best served puto cheese can be found on Biñan, Laguna. Puto Biñan is composed of grinded rice, lots of eggs, mixed with water and after that it is pampered with cheese. So as you see, Puto cheese can really be great replacement for heavy rice meals and it is also a good merienda. So if ever you plan on reducing or minimizing you heavy rice intake, try this recipe!
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3 pcs eggs
- 6 ounces evaporated milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsps butter, melted
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- dash of food color (optional)
- pinch of salt
- small slices of cheese (for topping)
- In a mixing bowl, put the flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix well.
- Add the eggs, milk, and water. Mix well.
- Add the food color, salt, melted butter and shredded cheese. Stir until well-blended then set aside.
- Brush some melted butter in each of the puto molder cups.
- Fill each molder cup with the prepared puto mixture.
- Place them in the steamer properly.
- Steam for about 8-10 minutes.
- Remove cover then put small slices of cheese on top of each puto. Put cover again then steam for another 2 minutes.
- Let them cool down then remove the cooked puto from the molder cups.
- Serve and enjoy your puto cheese!