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Star Bread (Putok)

Star Bread or Putok with its trademark crack on top, which looks like it has exploded. A sweet bun with sugar sprinkled on top that has a shiny crust, a bit hard outside but soft inside.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: putok, star bread, sweet buns
Servings: 16 buns
Author: Mia


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg for eggwash
  • sugar for topping


  • In a bowl. Mix bread flour, cake flour, sugar, powdered milk, and instant yeast.
  • Make a well at the center of the mixture and add margarine, salt, and warm water. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix well until incorporated and turns into a dough.
  • Transfer the dough on a work table and floured surface. Knead for at about 10 minutes until dough texture becomes smooth and elastic. Shape it into a big round ball. Then transfer in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth. Set aside in an unused oven or warm place for about an hour.
  • Punch the dough in the middle after an hour to release air. With your weighing scale, take a portion of dough and measure 60 grams and roll into a ball. Repeat the process until all dough is weighed and rolled into small buns.
  • To make the star bread's signature crack on top. Make an X or star slice on top of the dough using a scissor or sharp knife. 
  • Transfer the dough into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cover the dough with a damp cloth for 10 - 15 minutes and let it rest for a moment. To prevent it from being fluffy, avoid letting them rest too long. Pre-heat oven at 200°C.
  • Before baking, brush it on top with egg wash and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake the bread for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the top is light brown. Remove from oven and let it cool.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool. Serve and Enjoy. Bon Appetit!