Ube Wan Kenobi


Ube, a dessert made of purple yam, makes a frequent appearance at Filipino family parties.  I would see my aunts and mom scoop heaps of it into the corners of plates after mounds of rice and adobo and lumpia, as if it were an afterthought. It often winds up atop some rice or near the chocolate meat (not ever gonna post a recipe for that here, sorry).  It’s so easy to make, I’m not sure how it made its way into this blog.  But not one to ever resist an opportunity to pun, this recipe proves you don’t need to be a jedi knight to make ube.

You need three ingredients:

1 lb purple yam, grated and mashed which you can buy frozen in Asian grocery stores

1 can condensed milk

1/4 c. melted butter

You mix all three over medium heat until the whole liquidy things turns into a solid purple jammy consistency.

That’s it.  It’s almost as easy as converting oxygen into carbon dioxide.  But then you can make amazing things like: