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Purple Yam Jam Recipe

How to make a delicious and creamy Purple Yam Jam. 

Purple Yam Jam Recipe – is a Filipino well-loved dessert, it is also called “Ube Halaya”. This sweet purple yam recipe is made from fresh Purple Yam “Ube” which are boiled and mashed, cooked in evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, butter and sugar. The purple yam jam is sweet, creamy and a little bit sticky. The flavour and aroma of purple yam are strong and delectable. Purple Yam Jam is another popular and well loved Filipino dessert, it can be eaten as it is, serve as a spread, can be used for tart & pie filling, often used to add real flavour, texture and color in a different kakanin recipe such as Sapin-Sapin, Inutak and many more.

Serves: 12

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Purple Yam Jam Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo uncooked purple yam, boiled and mashed (1 kilo = 3½-4 cups of mashed yam)
  • Water, for boiling (enough to cover the purple yam)
  • 1 tall can (370ml) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (300ml) condensed milk
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ stick of butter, + extra for greasing
  • 1-2 tsp. ube extract
  • Purple food coloring, (optional)
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese, for toppings

Cooking Procedure:

  • To prepare the Purple Yam: First scrub and wash yams, then boiled the purple yam in a deep pot, just cover with water enough to cover the whole yams. Bring to boil over medium heat for about 25-30 minutes or until tender. Fire off, transfer in a colander and let it cool.

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  • When it cools down, peel off the skin and discard, then mashed the yam until smooth and free from lumps. For those who are using frozen purple yam, simply thawed them before using and skip the boiling preparation.

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  •  In another pot, combine evaporated milk, condensed milk and sugar, then bring to boil over medium heat stir to dissolve the sugar. When it starts to boil, turn the heat to low and add the mashed purple yam and stir continuously until it thickens to avoid the mixture from burning at the bottom.

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  • When it starts to thicken, add 2 teaspoons of ube extract and food colour (optional) and continue to mix until well blended. Stir in the butter and mix well until blended. Keep stirring until you get your desired consistency for some they like spreadable and for others they want a little bit firm. To store your purple yam jam you can use tiny jars for the spreadable ones. For the firm purple yam you can place in a greased Llanera or plastic containers. Refrigerate purple yam for at least an hour before serving.
My Purple Yam Jam ingredients are measured and ready except for my toppings “grated cheese” which I forgot. 
I always used Alpine full cream milk every time a recipe calls for an evaporated milk, it gives an extra creaminess to it.

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You can buy fresh purple yams “Ube” at the local wet markets and these are sold by a kilo. It’s nice to visit wet market once in a while, especially when you have time. Root crops section has a lot of varieties next to purple yams, of course, there’s white and yellow cassava, sweet potatoes, taro and etc… And for those who doesn’t like wet markets, you can also find frozen purple yam at your leading super markets.
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This recipe makes (2) big Llaneras or (3) small Llaneras &  if you don’t have this mold you can use a plastic container. 
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Purple Yam Jam is another home business to consider, it’s easy to make, very affordable and you can have a good profit from this recipe.

About pingskie

Hello, I'm Ping Joven welcome to Pinoy Desserts the home of Filipino Dessert Recipes, I love sweets and I love to share my goodies with my family and friends. I’ve spent so much time in our kitchen even though I don’t have formal cooking education, but I cook and bake a lot. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I love watching Foodnetwork Channel & YouTube cooking videos it helps me develop my skills. To my fellow home cooks and home-bakers we should keep doing what we love and enjoy being creative in the kitchen. I also love taking photos of my food but, I’m not a good photographer, so I just hope and pray that my food will make you hungry, so you won’t notice my bad composition LOL. And lastly, please have mercy on my poor writing skills, English subject has always giving me a headache and as I compose this bio I can feel a migraine starts to kick in LOL. Thanks for visiting, have a nice day and may the blessings chase you today!


  1. How fun! I’ve never heard of purple yams. Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW! Ube halaya!!! Hmmmnnn…, i really want to try it! thanks!

  3. My favorite…Hope I can cook it like this <3

  4. Love the purple yam Jam

  5. Yummy… 🙂

  6. Very interesting. I’ve never heard of this recipe before and it seems like a good home business to do as mentioned.

  7. I’ve never seen a purple yam but this looks very good.

  8. This looks healthy and delicious.

  9. This looks nice! I will share this with my wife. Last time she cooked this, she wasn’t satisfied with the result.

  10. Karole Nina Mandap

    I love this so much 🙂 <3

  11. I super love this dessert!! namiss ko tuloy ang buhay sa probinsya. We usually cook this on fiesta

  12. every Christmas hindi ito nawawala sa handa namin,.

  13. wow that is different looking! not going to lie though because we do not like YAM! I think my kids would think this is play doh! lol

  14. I know how healthy the root vegetables are as well as purple ones. This also makes it taste better because it is sweet.

  15. This looks really interesting and tasty. I’m not sure where you can get purple yams smack dab in the middle of the U.S., but I’ll be looking. 🙂

  16. So deicious,,healthy and cheerful recipe, thanks! 🙂

  17. So delicious, OMG I’m hungryyyyyyyy!!

  18. I really like purple yam jam. I miss eating purple yam jam.

  19. thanks for detailed instructions

  20. Yaamiii.. Love purple.. <3

  21. I think the kids would get a kick out of eating this.

  22. I really want to try this recipe!

  23. This looks very good and I love the color. Now and again we do see purple yams here and I never knew what to do with them. I am wondering if the orange yam could be substituted in this recipe? This is very different and we enjoy yams year round.

    • I haven’t heard and tried orange yam, but if you try making them I hope it will look and taste good. Don’t forget to update us with your orange yam and send us your yam photo, goodluck and thanks!

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