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Putok Star Bread Recipe

Putok Star Bread is a perfect afternoon snack in the Philippines. The bread is rather dense and a little bit sweet. The top resembles a crown or bursting shape, which is the reason why it is called as such.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rising Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 20
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Jenalyn Rose Forbes


  • 1 cup warm milk plus 2 tbsp milk for brushing
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 7 g active dry yeast
  • 4 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • In a small jug, warm the milk in the microwave. Put the sugar and stir until dissolve. Add the active dry yeast and let it sit or 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy on top.
  • Using a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and powdered milk. Add the melted butter, vegetable oil and eggs into the yeast mixture.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients using a wooden spoon or spatula until well incorporated and it forms a dough. Knead it manually into a lightly floured surface for about 8-10 minutes or use a stand mixer for 6 minutes at medium speed.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Divide the dough into 20 pieces. Shape it into balls and arrange it on a prepared baking tray with parchment paper. Using a kitchen scissor, cut a cross-like shape on top. Cover with a tea towel and let it rise again for 30-45 minutes.
  • Once ready, brush each piece with milk and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C for 18-20 minutes.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg