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Puto Recipe – Steamed Muffins with Aniseed

May 19

What do you associate puto with? When pork was still part of my diet, I associated puto with diniguan. I dunk the puto on the thick sauce, then eat it together with the pork pieces. Another puto memory is pairing it with hot chocolate drink. Puto is a great pairing food with many of our Filipino dishes. Puto is very easy to make. You can even use all-purpose flour instead of rice flour if one cannot find the latter. In this recipe, we will use all-purpose flour


2 cups all-purpose flour (or better yet rice flour)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups thick coconut cream (the first press. See How to Extract Coconut Cream or you can use coconut powder and follow instructions to make thick cream)
1 teaspoon aniseed


1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Add coconut cream to the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.

3. Add Aniseed

4. Pour into banana-lined muffin tins.

5. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. Thanks a lot for the recipe. I tried and I did it very well. I used rice flour.

  2. thank you. this is so good

  3. thanks for the recipe,i will try it this weekend.hope it gonna be perfect.cross fingers…

  4. thanks a lot for the recipe.

  5. cecille /

    thanks for the recipe.I’ll try to cook it this weekend.

  6. damaris /

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for 2 years now and tried some of your recipes. they are all great and one sure winner is your lasagna. Want to try this puto recipe but not sure what kind of aniseed. Is this ground? the one I bought looks like seed pods but the label is says “aniseed”. Can I omit this ingredient?

  7. jacqueline chan /

    hi i want to Make puto without coconut cream… can you help me? what adjustments to make?

  8. the best puto IMO is the one from calasiao pangasinan 😀

  9. what is aniseed? is there any alternative for it or can I do the puto without it & get the same result? thanks!


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