Puto is a traditional Filipino steamed bread which is generally served as an accompaniment to meat dishes although it can be eaten on its own. There are many variations of the basic puto ranging from savory to sweet flavors. The basic version can be made with all purpose or rice flour and has a slightly sweet taste with a wonderful crumbly, cake-like texture.


To make it, you’ll need:

About 1/2 cup melted butter
3 cups self raising flour
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
Approx 2 cups water
1/2 tsp baking powder.


  1. Cream together the sugar and butter.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  4. Add the flour and water, beginning and ending with the flour. The batter should have the consistency of a pancake mixture.
  5. Pour into individual molds and steam for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean