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Putong Puti/Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes/Muffins



If you were to ask me my earliest memory of recipe collecting it would be 'putong puti' (or a version of this recipe, I should clarify). In fact, I still have the handwritten recipe (circa age 7-8?) in my file box! I always wondered why the putong puti never quite met my expectations until I did online research to find out that they are actually steamed not baked. Ah, after countless years the mystery has finally been solved! Source: manyamanmalinamnammabsiyummy.blogspo...

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12 cakes/muffins
15 Min
30 Min
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2 c
rice flour (i make my own using calroseâ„¢ rice and whirling in a blender as finely as possible)
3 tsp
baking powder
1 c
granulated sugar
1/2 tsp
2 c
coconut milk
1/2 tsp
anise seeds, lightly crushed
dried coconut, shredded or grated, for garnish (i prefer toasted coconut for the color contrast)

How to Make Putong Puti/Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes/Muffins


  • 1Note and ALTERNATE cooking directions: the Filipinos use special steaming cups to steam the putong puti. You can use individual silicone muffin/baking cups if you have them. If not, grease a muffin/cupcake tin well or use parchment paper and pour the batter into the cavities. Set the muffin tin into a baking dish and pour water halfway in the baking dish (bain-marie). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes-cooking time will vary.
  • 2Sift first four ingredients together. Sift again. There will be a small amount of unsifted rice leftover which you can just add to the mixing bowl.
  • 3In a mixing bowl, add coconut milk to sifted ingredients and blend well to make a smooth mixture. Stir in the anise seeds.
  • 4Fill *greased* (individual) muffin pans 2/3 full. Cover with foil (I used a glass lid instead so I could watch the steaming process carefully). Steam on LOW or LOW-MEDIUM heat for about 20-30 minutes (steaming time will vary). The steaming water should be very hot but not boiling. Remove foil/cover immediately. Test for doneness. Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. The texture will look like sponge cake.
  • 5Transfer the putong puto to wire racks to cool. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes. If you try to remove them too soon from the muffin cups they will fall apart as they are very delicate.
  • 6Serve topped with toasted grated coconut.

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About Putong Puti/Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes/Muffins

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Filipino
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Vegan

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