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#283 Ube Roll

Ube roll is a light sponge roll which is baked like any other sponge cake or roll. The difference is the use of  ube or sweetened purple yam as flavoring for the sponge cake mix. 

The ube or purple yam jam can also be used as filling for the roll, but since the ube paste is heavier in consistency than the fluffy sponge roll good baking skills must ensure that the roll do not break during or after the baking process.

The Filipinos sweeth tooth is evidenced in this fluffy ube roll, which is a popular dessert in birthday parties, social gatherings or any festive Filipino table. Popular bakery and pastry chains or stores in the Philippines also sell ube roll with a variety of toppings such as icing and macapuno (glutinous coconut) strips.

Bon appetit!

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#243 Ube Halaya

Ube Halaya

Ube halaya or purple yam is a favorite yam dessert eaten on its own or used as an ingredient for various desserts, as topping or as pastry filling (hopia).

This dessert is made from boiled purple that is grated, shredded, or mashed and combined with a can of condensed milk, vanilla extract and butter in a pan, and cooked in medium fire. Thoroughly mixed together, ube halaya has the consistency of a  ‘jam’ and serves as a fine accompaniment to many desserts such as halo-halo (as topping), added to ice desserts or a variety of rice cakes.

Bon appetit!

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#112 Ube-Macapuno ice cream

If there is ice cream heaven, ube-macapuno would have its own exclusive corner in paradise corner. This quintessentially Philippine ice cream should get an Oscar in the ice desserts category simply for the divine and mouth-watering pleasures it give.

Ube is the local Philippine name for the purple yam and macapuno is a coconut variety that is sticky and has a more full nutty flavor than your average coconut. Unfortunately the macapuno coco variety is hard to come by and has become rarer in recent years due to poor coconut harvests (probably).

Ice cream fans in the Philippine know that there is a separate ube ice cream flavor and another one for macapuno. But credit the creativity of the Filipino’s sweet tooth, these two superfladelicious flavors are combined in one. The Magnolia ice cream brand used to have or carry these combined flavor (years ago) although this blogger hasn’t got the chance to perform the latest quality and factual checks.

Nevertheless, if by chance you are in the vicinity of a quality ice cream tray and extensive dessert buffet in the Philippines, and you have the opportunity of a lifetime to try this heavenly ice cream never pass (heaven’s forbid!) the chance. Missing it would simply mean a lost seat in ice cream paradise.

Mabuhay ang ube-macapuno!

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