When my grandfather used to harvest a sack full of purple yam or ube at the end of the year back then, we know what’s next! Yes, it’s time for us, grandchildren, to have some stretching and enjoy some eating!
We used to cook the grated purple yam in big wok (kawa) with long ladle and alternately, my cousins and I will mix the heavy and rich mixture nonstop. Tiring but after long hours of mixing, served right before our eyes is a delectable, mouth-watering dessert – halayang ube.
Mix and mix and mix – the secret to an even and deliciously cooked halayang ube that is often prepared during media noche (New Year), but it is also a favorite during fiestas and summer time as toppings to halo-halo. Halayang ube also perfectly matches suman (steamed glutinous rice), but can also be handed out as it is. With the right proportion of condensed and evaporated milk, halayang ube made its way to be one of the top Filipino desserts as it is cooked simply, coupled with a lot of effort and love.
Ready for a delicious treat? Do it yourself! Halayang Ube!
- 1 kilo ube yam root
- 1 can (14 ounces) evaporated milk
- 2 cans (12 ounces) condensed milk
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
- On a pot, boil the unpeeled ube yam in water and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and let cool.
- Peel and finely grate the ube yam.
- Heat a big wok in medium heat.
- Melt butter or margarine, add the condensed milk and vanilla flavoring. Mix well.
- Add the 1 kilo grated ube yam,
- Adjust the heat to low
- Keep on mixing the ingredients for about 30 minutes or until sticky and a bit dry (but still moist).
- Add the evaporated milk and continue to mix for another 15 minutes.
- Let cool and place on a large platter.
- Refrigerate before serving the halayang ube.
- You may spread additional butter or margarine on top of the jam before serving.
- For the sweet toothed, sprinkle a little sugar on top of the jam after placing on the large platter.
- Instead of manually grating the ube, you may cut it in cubes and use a blender to powderize the ube.
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