Ube Halaya/Purple Yam

Ube jam, ube halaya or halayang ube is a Philippine dessert originally made from boiled and mashed purple yam. But this time, I used Ube powder. Ube halaya is also used in cakes, pastries and other desserts such as halu-halo and ice cream.

– Ube Halaya/Purple Yam –


  • 115 grams powdered ube/purple yam
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can or 397 grams Condensed milk
  • 300 grams thickened/heavy/whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup white or brown sugar
  • 15 grams butter or margarine
  • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps. ube flavor


  1. (Option 1) In a bowl, soak the powdered ube/yam purple in water till rehydrated. Then add the cream, condensed milk and sugar and mix them well.
  2. or (Option 2) Combine the powdered ube/purple yam, cream, condensed milk and sugar. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture in a non-stick pan and cook over low heat.
  4. Stir constantly till the mixture forms into a thick paste or to desired consistency.
  5. Add the butter, vanilla extract and ube/purple yam flavor anytime during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

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