Puto or steamed rice muffins is not only popular in the Philippines but as well as abroad. Some variations are Puto Cheese, Puto maya, Puto Seko, Puto Ube, Puto Bumbong, Puto Mamon or Puto Pao. The best selling item is Puto Cheese although you could as well try Palitaw, Leche Flan,or some Candy Recipes for your offline business.
As an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker), living your paycheck to paycheck life is tough especially if you are receiving just enough or sometimes not even enough to support your overhead expenses. Just now I felt that one should be well equipped to cope up with the hard times. Better yet, one should have a blog site to maintain (online) and a sort of offline business to try on.
While I was thinking of some unique ideas to sustain my food and transportation allowance this month, I came up with an idea of making a homemade Puto or Steamed Rice Muffins. I remembered my Tita Jane's recipe way back in Davao and gave it again a try. It's a sure hit! We used to sell this stuff as a gift to friends and relatives and sometimes as corporate gifts.
Adding different food colors to the batter like purple, yellow and green would make it attractive and easy to sell. Puto making is a good business opportunity because it is easy to make, with less capital and very affordable to the market. You can try it too.
1/2 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 c Cake Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 pcs eggyolks
3/4 c sugar (divided)
1/3 cup water
1/3 c evaporated milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 pcs. eggwhites
slices of quickmelt cheese
Sift all dry ingredients three times and set aside.
In another bowl, beat eggyolks until lemon colored, add 1/2 c sugar gradually and continue beating.
Fold in flour mixture to eggyolk mixture while alternately add water and milk. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, beat eggwhites until soft peak forms. Add 1/4 c sugar while beating continously until stiff and fluffy. Fold in egg batter.
Pour mixture in a Puto molder about 3/4 full and top with cheese slices.
Steam for 30 minutes. Let Cool.
For more recipes check this out:The New Filipino Cookbook (Creative Variations of Traditional Recipes), Real Filipino Recipes and Filipino Twist.(Food)(Cooking teacher Abby LaForce adds new flavors to traditional food from the Philippines)(Recipe): An article from: The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR).