Puto Recipe – Steamed Muffins with Aniseed

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.

10 thoughts on “Puto Recipe – Steamed Muffins with Aniseed

  1. Lilia

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

  2. Lilia

    thank you. this is so good

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  4. maz

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

  5. maz

    thanks a lot for the recipe.

  6. cecille

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

  7. 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?

  8. jacqueline chan

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

  9. u8mypinkcookies

    the best puto IMO is the one from calasiao pangasinan 😀

  10. kat

    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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