Puto Flan

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Puto Flan is what I can describe as a win-win situation. Combining Puto and Leche Flan is a “why didn’t I think of that!” fusion of two yummy desserts. I made these delicacies last weekend for our friend’s birthday. Puto (rice cake) on itself is already a treat, imagine eating it with flan (custard). Ooh, Lala! Heaven!

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Puto Flan or Leche Puto.

Also called Leche Puto, it’s delicious and relatively easy to make. They are great finger food or dessert. Make them up for the family or any social gathering, and they will be an instant hit. If you go to a Filipino get-together or party chances are you’ll also see these on the food table.

puto flan lined up

This Puto Flan is my go-to recipe for any party I attend to because it is very easy to make. It may seem like it is difficult, but once you get the hang of it, you can do it with a blindfold on. You can make it ahead of time since it can last for a few days when chilled in the fridge. This recipe will yield 22 to 24 pieces which in my opinion is enough for a large crowd.

If you liked this recipe, you might also like to try our other Filipino delicacy recipes:

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Tips for Puto Flan

  • Strain leche flan before filling the molds to ensure a smooth and silky custard. 
  • Leave space for the puto to rise.  Filling your molds to the top will cause the batter to overflow as it cooks. 

Puto Flan

Puto Flan is what I can describe as a win-win situation. Combining Puto and Leche Flan is a "why didn't I think of that!" fusion of two yummy desserts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: custard, flan, puto, rice cake
Servings: 24 Puto Flan
Author: Mia


For Flan – Custard

  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup condensed milk
  • 1 tsp lemon rind or key lime

For Puto Batter

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • tbsp baking powder
  • cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk or water
  • 2 tbsp oil or melted butter

For greasing molds

  • melted butter or oil


  • Prepare Steamer and boil water and lightly grease puto molds with melted butter or oil.

For Flan – Custard

  • Combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, and lemon rind in a small bowl. Using a fine sieve strainer. Strain the mixture to separate the lemon rind and discard.
  • Pour 1 ½ tbsp of flan mixture to the greased puto molds and steam for 8 – 10 minutes.

Making the Puto Batter

  • While the flans are steaming. Make the puto mixture by sifting flour and baking powder then add sugar in a clean bowl. Mix well using a wire whisk.
  • Add the egg whites and water/milk and briefly mix. (Do not over mix). Lastly add melted butter or oil and mix. You can pass through a strainer to remove lumps.

Combining the Flan and Puto

  • When the Flans are done steaming. Pour the puto mixture over the steamed leche flan. Arrange in a steamer and then steam for 10 to 15 minutes. By toothpick test, check if puto is cooked.
  • Take the puto flan out of the steamer. Let cool down. Remove from the mold and arrange in a plate. Bon Appetit!

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  1. How much flour? And what kind – wheat, rice, coconut, almond? It does sound wonderful, and is it ever served with a sauce like carmel or mango puree?

    1. Author

      Hi Aruvqan,
      Thanks for the comment. Thank you for pointing out the flour. I’ve edited the post. I used 2 cups all-purpose flour. With regards to the sauce. I haven’t tried having it with sauce since it’s already sweet enough for me. But to each their own, you can experiment and let us know. Happy cooking!

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