WATCH: How to Make Rainbow Puto

Inject your puto with color and cheer with this rainbow-inspired version.

These colorful puto will bring cheer to any merienda spread. We used the speedy Cuisinart Steam Oven to make these rainbow-hued muffins.  

Rainbow Puto with Cheese

  • Takes 30 minutes
  • Makes 12 large pieces of puto
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Liquid food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
  • Oil, for greasing


 
1 Lightly grease muffin pans or individual puto molds with oil. Preheat the Cuisinart steam oven on the Steam function.


 
2 In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift the flour, sugar and baking powder together and whisk until combined. Add the butter, evaporated milk, egg and water. Mix well.


 
3 Divide batter into 6 small bowls. Place 3-4 drops of different colors liquid food coloring into each bowl and mix until combined. You can adjust the amount of food coloring until you get your desired colors.


 
4 Place 1/2 tablespoon of each colored puto mixture into individual molds (or greased muffin pans) until half full.


 
5 Arrange the molds on a tray and place inside the prepared steam oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Add the cheese slices in the middle of each puto. And steam again for another 1 minute or just until the cheese has melted. Remove from steamer. Let stand for 5 minutes before unmolding.

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