One night, I told two of my ex-roommates that I was craving puto really bad. They stood there and stared me with a shocked look. What? I know it's not the healthiest thing to eat, but it's so good. They informed me that puto is a rather unsavory word in the spanish language. Oh? It's funny that such a word is used for a great dessert.
I can't remember the last time I had puto. It's probably been 7 years or so.It's one of my favorite filipino desserts. Puto is a steamed rice cake that can be flavored with a number of ingredients.The addition of ube or pandan gives the puto a different flavor as well as give it color.Even the addition of cheese makes it a very special treat.
The type of container used to make the puto does not matter. They do make special puto cups, but they are not necessary.
1 cup rice flour
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 Tbs. water
Combine the rice flour,sugar,baking powder, and salt. Mix in coconut milk and water until well combined.Fill your desired containers 2/3 full. Steam for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.