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Can you use all-purpose flour in Filipino recipes?

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All-purpose flour can be used in several Filipino recipes. Puto, pandesal and shakoy are some of the Filipino foods that make use of all-purpose flour.

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Puto is a very popular native delicacy in the Philippines. It is a steamed rice cake that can be made out of rice flour or all-purpose flour. Other ingredients for puto are white sugar, baking powder, evaporated milk, water, egg and softened butter. The puto batter may be colored with a few drops of food color to make it more attractive. Puto is a food that can be served on its own as a snack, or it can be paired with other Filipino favorites, such as pancit and dinuguan.

Pandesal is a bread roll that is popular among Filipinos for breakfast and snack time. As a type of yeast bread, this recipe may use bread flour or all-purpose flour. Puto may be eaten by itself or dipped in hot black coffee.

Shakoy is a twisted dough that is rolled in white sugar after it has been deep fried. Its texture is that of a donut, the only difference is the shape. It is made up of all-purpose flour, yeast and salt.

Lumpia is very popular among Filipinos because it is relatively cheap yet very filling. The lumpia wrapper is made using all-purpose flour, eggs, milk, salt and water. Butter is an optional ingredient for the lumpia wrapper intended for deep-frying. The lumpia wrapper for fresh lumpia has the same texture of crepe and may use butter in the recipe.

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