Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam)

Halayang Ube or Purple Yam Jam is one of Filipinos favorite desserts or snacks. I used to buy a slice of it wrapped in plastic bag when I was in college. A "suki" was selling Halayang Ube outside the campus at that time and when I went home before lunch time, I already had a dessert in my hand. I told myself that someday, I will make a tray for myself and my family. By the way, Ube tastes like sweet potatoes but this one is purple in color. If you miss eating this dessert, you better try making some. Below is the recipe taken from FilipinoFood

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

Cooking Tips:

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. You may also add ground nuts.

Instead of manually grating the ube, you may cut it in cubes and use a blender to powderize the ube.

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