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Putok or Star Bread, small dense rolls with cross-shaped fissure on top coated with sugar.
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5 from 3 votes

Star Bread (Putok)

Star Bread, or more popularly called Putok, because of its "exploding crown" is a sweet, dense bread that is a Filipino Panederia favorite commonly enjoyed for coffee or tea time.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Resting Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 18 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: dense bread, filipino bread
Servings: 20
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ -1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter or margarine softened to room temperature


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Sugar for topping


  • Combine bread flour, mik powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix until well distributed. Make a well in the center.
  • Pour in ¾ cup lukewarm water then sprinkle the instant yeast over the water. Using a wooden spoon, stir the water to moisten the yeast.
  • Add the softened butter then slowly fold in the rest of the flour mixture with the liquid to create a dense dough.
  • Knead for 7-10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth. If the dough is too dry when you start to knead add a bit more water, a tablespoon at a time then knead to check again. Do NOT add too much water. The dough has to be dense, it will not be elastic but it should be smooth.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Divide the dough into 20 pieces or about 50 grams each. Shape them into balls and arrange them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Using a kitchen scissor, snip the top with 2 intersecting lines to form a cross. Cover with a tea towel and let it rest again for 30 minutes. Expect that they will not rise much.
  • Brush each piece with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C/350°F for 18-20 minutes or until top becomes golden
  • Take the star bread from the oven and transfer them to a bread basket or plate and enjoy with a cup of hot beverage.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg