I have been wanting to make this Puto flan but my first two attempts using recipes online didn't do justice ha-ha! Either the flan didn't taste like a flan because evaporated milk was omitted, or the flan sticks to the mold and the puto texture is just not what I wanted so I thought of experimenting last week. Of course, using my Leche Flan and puto cake recipes that have been tried by many of my followers, but I made a little bit of adjustments.
By the way, let me explain what Puto Flan is. Puto Flan is a combination of Leche Flan and Puto (Filipino Muffin) in one. The Flan is cooked first then, the cake batter. Though making this comes with some challenges. Either the flan is too thin and won't mold properly and will just crack or, the Puto cake will be way too fluffy and creates a dome which we don't like because you want it to be flat as much as possible since the flan will be on top when serving. Another challenge is how to make them stick together which my recipe didn't give me any issues at all.
So, what are the things I considered when testing to make it successful?
As mentioned above, I used my leche flan recipe. I just cut the recipe in half and just added four egg yolks instead of five. I used half of the can of condensed milk which is 1/2 cup and just used 1/2 cup of evaporated milk instead of 3/4 cup. My first try was a mess when I used that amount of evaporated milk. The mixture was too thin and it just cracks when I remove it from the mold. So, I knew from there that I have to adjust it.
Also, for the Puto cake, my original recipe calls for 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, but I only added 1 tsp as I do not want it to rise too much that it will create a dome. I want my Puto to be flat so that when I invert it, it will look nice with the flan on top. I am so happy with the result and excited to share it with you. With this recipe, you won't have any extra egg whites or egg yolks like many recipes out there! It's just perfect.
Just make sure to follow my instructions carefully and read my recipe notes below for added tips. Give this Puto Flan recipe a try. Extra soft, fluffy and delicious! Enjoy!
PUTO FLAN RECIPE
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