Experience Sweet Delicious “Ube Halaya” Dessert
Ube jam, ube halaya or halayang ube (variant spellings halea, haleya; from the Spanish jalea, “jam”) is a Philippine dessert made from boiled and mashed purple yam (Dioscorea alata, locally known as ube). Ube halaya is also used in pastries and other desserts such as halo-halo and ice cream.
The main ingredient is peeled and boiled purple yam which is grated and mashed. The mashed yam, with condensed milk and/or coconut milk, are added to a saucepan where butter or margarine had been melted. The mixture is stirred until thickened. Once thickened, the mixture is cooled down and placed on a platter or into containers of various shapes.
Ube halaya is typically served cold, after refrigeration. Optional topping includes browned grated coconut or condensed milk.
I haven’t had ube halaya for months, so I decided to make one for the holidays. I shared this with everyone including our guests. They loved it and was asking for the recipe. I thought of publishing this recipe post instead, so that more people will benefit from it. And here it is.
I think that the ingredients are easy to remember. This requires a pound of grated purple yam (ube). It is the exact amount of the frozen grated ube sold in Filipino and Asian stores. It also asks for 2 cups of coconut milk, which is almost equal to a can. It also needs a can of small condensed milk. Of course, there is butter, cheese, and ube flavoring.
UBE HALAYA RECIPE
1 lb. grated purple yam
1 14 oz. can condensed milk
2 cups coconut milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon ube flavoring
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1.) Pour coconut milk in a cooking pot. Let boil.
2.) Stir and add the condensed milk.
3.) Once the mixture starts to boil, add the grated purple yam and ube flavoring. Continue to cook in medium heat while continuously stirring for 30 minutes.
4.) Add butter. Stir. Cook until the mixture reaches your desired thickness. (I usually cook it for 10 to 12 minutes after adding butter).
5.) Transfer to a container. Top with shredded cheese.
6.) Serve. Share and enjoy!
Video by Panlasang Pinoy