Halayang Ube is a Filipino Dessert made from purple yam. There are several ways of preparing this sweet dish; some versions use condensed milk to sweeten the yam, while others cook it using coconut milk. My version is very simple, but the outcome is something that you’ll love!
“Ube” is the purple yam ( Dioscorea alata) that grows abundantly in the Philippines. Purple Yams are amazing and Filipinos love it. It’s mostly used for flavoring desserts including Ice Cream, cakes, cookies, tarts, and other pastries.
This yam’s peak season is at the end of each year which is why Ube flavored desserts are traditionally made and served during the holiday season. One of the most popular ways to use this purple yam is called Halayang Ube.
The name is derived from the Spanish word “jalea” which means jelly or jam; so Halayang Ube is quite literally Purple Yam Jam. It can be eaten alone or as a filling for tarts, rolls, sweet buns, and other pastries. It is also one of the ingredients of Halo-Halo a very popular Filipino iced dessert which means “mixed together”. Halo-Halo is a variety of sweets served with crushed or shaved ice, drizzled with milk, and topped with Halayang Ube, leche flan, or ice cream.
We’ll be sharing a Halo-Halo recipe as part of our Merienda Series, but for now I will share my recipe for Halayang Ube. After all you’ll need some of this delicious Purple Yam Jam for your Halo-Halo!
Halayang Ube is made by boiling purple yams, grating or mashing it, then cooking it with coconut milk or condensed milk until it thickens. It’s then cooled down, then placed in a mold or pan, and refrigerated until it solidifies/ It is served cold, and can be topped with toasted shredded coconut or condensed milk.
2 Lbs. purple yam
2 cans (12 ounces) condensed milk
1 can (14 ounces) evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 tsp of vanilla (optional)
Boil the unpeeled purple yam in a pot with water and simmer for 30 minutes.
Drain and let cool.
Peel and finely grate the cooked yam.
Heat a big wok in medium heat.
Melt butter or margarine then add the vanilla flavoring and condensed milk and mix well.
Add the grated yam then lower the heat.
Keep on stirring and mixing the ingredients for about 30 minutes or until sticky and a bit dry (but still moist).
Add evaporated milk and continue to mix for 15 minutes.
Let cool and place on a large platter, pan, or mold.
Refrigerate before serving.
Serve it cool, you can top it with toasted coconut or drizzled with condensed milk.
Share and Enjoy!!!