Kawaling Pinoy offers one recipe for Filipino puto, or steamed rice cakes. The recipe takes approximately 20 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook, and it yields about three dozen servings. Puto molds are necessary to complete the recipe.
To prepare the recipe, sift together 4 cups of rice flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a large mixing bowl. Pour in 1 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk until blended, and add 1 1/2 cups water. Grease the puto molds with melted butter or non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the molds until they are three-quarters full before arranging them in a steamer basket in a single layer.
Add water to the steamer, bringing it to a simmer before placing the steamer basket above it. Wrap the steamer lid with cloth to avoid water dripping onto the puto, and cover the steamer. Steam for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Ensure that the water doesn't reach a full boil, which can cause the tops of the puto to burst. After steaming, cool the puto for five minutes, and remove them from the molds.
Serve plain puto as a midday snack, or top them with savory toppings such as eggs or cheese slices for a fuller meal.