Drinks and Desserts

August 14, 2019
Cassava Puto

Makes: 8-10 servings
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour

2 1/2 cups cassava, peeled
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup buko strips
1/8 cup margarine, softened
2/3 cup muscovado sugar
1/2 cup macapuno balls
3 tablespoons coconut water
2/3 cup grated coconut (kinayod na niyog)

1. Grate cassava as finely as possible. Using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid from the grated cassava as possible until they are dry to touch. Measure out 2 1/2 cups of the dry grated cassava.
2. In a bowl, mix together cassava, sugar, and grated young coconut until everything is evenly mixed and dispersed throughout.
3. Poke holes on the base of small circular laneras. Brush margarine all over the base and insides of the lanera.
4. Loosely spoon the mixture into the molds, filling about ¾ of the way full. Smooth the top while using gentle pressure for even surface.
5. Steam the puto for 20-25 minutes until set. Cool before removing from molds.
6. In a pan over medium heat, cook macapuno strips and muscovado sugar for a few minutes until dark in color and reduced into a thick sauce. Add coconut water as needed to dissolve sugar.
7. Put puto lanson on top of grated coconut and drizzle with muscovado sugar and macapuno sauce. Enjoy!

Liked this Filipino puto recipe inspired by the Visayas version Puto Lanson or Aripahol Balinghoy? Also try our Puto Kutsinta recipe.