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Ube Halaya Recipe

One of my favorite Filipino dessert. Great when used as topping on a vanilla ice cream or a tablespoon on your halo-halo or eaten by itself. Try this simple recipe and for sure you will love it. 


  • 2 cups mashed purple yam (ube)
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 3 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds for garnish

Cooking Direction:

  1. Heat pot in medium low heat.
  2. Add the butter and allow it to melt.
  3. Add the condensed milk and purple yam.
  4. Stir well for few minutes.
  5. Add the sugar, vanilla and stir.
  6. Add in the dissolved cornstarch and stir in occasionally until texture becomes really thick in low heat for 10 to 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer cooked halaya to any container you can use as a molder.
  8. Allow to cool  for few hours.
  9. Garnish with some roasted sesame seeds and serve.
*You can refrigerate it if you want to serve it cold*

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