How to cook halayang ube (purple jam)


Halayang ube, also known as ube halaya, ube jam or purple jam, is a favorite dessert in the Philippines. Purple jam is unlike Western fruit jams, as it's made with purple yams, butter and condensed milk. The starch in the yams makes the halayang ube thicken into a paste, while the butter and condensed milk keep it sweet and rich. Purple yams are commonly used for color and flavor in other Filipino desserts, such as cake, cookies and ice cream.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/4 pounds purple yam (ube)
  • 14-oz. can evaporated milk
  • 12-oz. can condensed milk
  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Potato ricer
  • Spoon
  • Wash the purple yams and place them in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer about 30 minutes.

  • Drain the purple yams and let them cool, then remove the peels. Press the flesh through a potato ricer.

  • Melt the butter in a large pot. Stir in the condensed milk and purple yams.

  • Cook over low heat for about half an hour, or until thick and sticky. Stir in the evaporated milk and cook another 15 minutes.

  • Refrigerate the purple jam before serving.

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