Puto Cheese Recipe

Craving for some fluffy delicious treats to snack on? This puto cheese recipe will hit all the right spots. Filipino recipes are more known for their savory meat dishes but it’s definitely not lacking in any sweet fluffy desserts.

To be more precise, puto is a steamed rice cake that’s traditionally made with slightly fermented rice dough. It’s got a nice fluffy and doughy texture that everyone loves to eat. There are tons of different puto variety found throughout the archipelago. The standard ones are the plain puto that uses the most basic ingredients but it doesn’t mean it’s any less a treat.

Puto is commonly eaten as a light snack or as an accompanying dish to more savory meat recipes, most notably the dinuguan dish. It’s loads of fun dipping puto in a bowl or plate of dinuguan and taking a bite out of it. The flavors of the dinuguan dish can be overwhelming if you don’t have a side dish to eat it with. The plain puto treat balances the flavors quite nicely, the same thing with other flavorful Filipino dishes.

Plain puto treats are the most well-known puto recipe in the country but it by no means that puto is a plain rice delicacy. In fact, puto is an umbrella term for various different kinds of kakanin or rice delicacies in the Philippines.

There are multiple variants of shape, flavor, sizes, and color of puto found throughout the different regions of the country. Many of them has gained some form of popularity and can be bought anywhere in the country. And there are some variants of the puto dish that remained a specialized recipe in their region of origin.

The traditional puto recipe itself has evolved over the years through experimentation and has gone through a variety of many different unique recipes and flavors. All the while keeping the essence of the original puto recipe intact.

The puto variants that have become a specialization of their regions of origin are introduced to outsiders right at the bus station. Vendors would hop on the bus and sell their wares mostly consisting of freshly cooked kakanin. It’s a great strategy to introduce the region’s unique kakanin dish to visitors and served to bring a bit of fun on long journeys.

This is how I actually discovered some kakanin that I didn’t know of. Other than that, if you want to discover of what other kakanin the regions have to offer, I suggest visiting a local bakery and browse through what they have to offer.

We’re not going to go far from the original puto dish for today’s recipe. Our puto cheese recipe is a simple concoction that we’ve come up with that anyone can follow. Although to make any sort of kakanin, people need to invest in a steamer and molding cups to put the batter in. We’re also going to use some paper liners, just like a cupcake.

This puto cheese recipe packs slightly more flavor than the traditional puto recipe. We’re gonna use cheese for its toppings and the puto itself is also going to be flavored with cheese. Puto cheese recipes are nothing new but I think the recipe we have here is a perfect example on how to do it right.

We’ve listed down all the ingredients that you need to make this puto cheese recipe. You can increase the proportions if you want to make a bigger batch of this recipe.

It’s quite easy to make too with clear cut instructions enumerated down below. You just need to exert some strength when you’re mixing all the ingredients. If you’re a visual learner, it’s not a problem. We’ve made a fun video for you detailing the ingredients and the step by step process for you to follow.

This puto cheese recipe will surely be a favorite of anyone who took a bite out of it. Enjoy!


Puto Cheese Recipe
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Serves: 10 to 15
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Baking powder
  • 3 pcs Eggs
  • 1 cup Evaporated milk
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tbsps Butter, melted
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp. of food color (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. of Salt
  • small slices of cheese (for topping)
  • Molding Cups and paper liner
  1. In a mixing bowl, put the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Mix well. Then set aside.
  2. In the other mixing bowl, put the eggs, milk, water, and vanilla. Mix well. Then set aside
  3. Pour the mixture milk into the dry ingredients gradually.Mix well.
  4. Add the shredded cheese.
  5. Add food color to a better and colorful puto. But it is optional. Then set aside.
  6. Brush off oil in each cup or use cupcakes wrapper. Then fill each molder cup of puto mixture.
  7. Place them in the steamer properly. Steam for about 8-10 minutes.
  8. After 8 minutes put the slices of cheese on top of each puto and steam again for another 2 minutes.
  9. Before off the fire check the puto if it is already cooked.
  10. Let them cool down then remove the cooked puto from the molder cups.
  11. Serve and enjoy your puto cheese!



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