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Ube pancakes

The Rise of Ube Sweets and Treats

Lets get purple! Ube is known as the purple yam and has been popular in the Philippines for a long time. Ube’s flavour was thought of by many to be unique in comparison to other yams, but it is now being seen as an alternative to chemical coloring’s on sweets-and-treats shelves. With its natural purple colour, people are now using Ube in different ways from decorating cookies and pancakes to using it as a delicious ingredient inside food.

What is Ube?

Ube, also known as purple yam or amarillo, is a type of sweet potato that has a unique color and flavor. It is grown in the Philippines and used to make ube syrups, jams, jellies, chutneys, candies, pastries and even ice cream. Ube is also used in some traditional Filipino dishes such as pancit ng ube (a noodle dish made with ube), balut (a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten) and lumpia (spring rolls).

The mysterious history of Ube

Ube was first grown in what is now Cebu Province, but it became known as Ube when it was exported to Manila by settlers from nearby Mandaue City. There are many stories about how Ube got its name and where it came from. One legend says that a beautiful woman named Ube brought yams to a royal feast. Another story says that a Muslim ruler named Abu Bakar wanted to give his subjects something sweet to eat during Ramadan, so he sent someone to find a kind of yam that didn’t spoil quickly. The person who discovered Ube grew plants on an abandoned ship and called them ubes because they resembled the pods of the ubeh tree in Java (where yams are originally from).

Today, Ube is a popular dessert condiment in the Philippines. It can be eaten as a sweet snack or dessert, or used in various recipes.

How to make ube flour

1. After washing and cooking the ube, pat them dry and prod them a few times.
2. Bake them at 475oF/240oC for 40-60 minutes on a parchment-lined baking tray.
3. Peel the potatoes/yams once they have cooled to the touch. You should be able to do this fairly easily.
4. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the potatoes and spread them thinly across a parchment-lined baking sheet (for oven dehydrating).
5. It would be perfect if your oven could go as low as 113°F/45°C.
6. Place the tray with mashed ube in the oven and you may need to increase the time between 4-6 hours.
7. Be careful not to burn the potato. That means the heat is too high and/or you need to open the overdoor more.
8. Once dry (all the pieces snap rather than bend), grind them in an electric coffee grinder.
9. Grinding this into a powder may require you to do it in batches.

You can safe your ube flour in a jar or start baking immediately.

Ube cookies- a treat for the eye and mouth

Making purple ube cookies is a fun and easy way to show your love for this unique Filipino dessert. Ube cookies are a Filipino delicacy made from ube, a purple type of yam. They are often decorated with colorful frosting or nuts and are a popular choice for desserts. Making ube cookies is relatively easy, and there are many variations possible. In this recipe, we will show you how to make these delicious treats using the simplest methods possible. First, gather all the ingredients you will need:


-1 and 1/2 cups (300 grams) ube flour (made from boiled, mashed and dried ube)
-1/2 cup (110 grams) sugar
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
-1 large egg, beaten
-1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

How to prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. 5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the egg and vanilla extract.
6. Mix until just combined. Stir in enough additional flour until the dough is stiff but not sticky.
7. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.
8. Bake for 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and set aside on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ube cookies are best when eaten fresh out of the0 oven, but they can also be stored in an airtight container for a few days.

How to Make Ube Pancakes

Looking for a delicious and unique way to celebrate any day? Why not try some ube pancakes! These pancakes are made with ubé, which is has a tender texture. They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and you can top them with all sorts of toppings.


-1 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-pinch of salt
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-1 large egg, beaten
-3 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter, melted
-1/4 cup ube, mashed (available in most grocery stores)
-powdered sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, fruit preserves, whipped cream

How to prepare:

1. Start by mixing together the ube flour or even paste, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Then add in the milk and stir until everything is well combined.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add about 1/4 cup of oil or butter.
4. Once hot, add about 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve hot!

To make your own toppings for your ube pancakes, you can try things like powdered sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, fruit preserves, or whipped cream.

If you want to make these pancakes ahead of time, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 hours. Alternatively, you can freeze them for later use.

Enjoy your delicious ube pancakes!

How to Make Ube Latte

So you want to make a ube latte, huh? Here’s how:

1. Start by heating up some milk in a saucepan on the stove. You can use any kind of milk, but ube milk is especially delicious in this recipe!2. Once the milk is heated up, you add the ube powder to it and stir until it’s fully dissolved.3. Now pour the mixture into a cup and let it cool down before drinking. Enjoy your delicious ube latte!

How to Make Ube Bread

Making ube bread is a fun and easy process that you can complete in just a few minutes. All you need are some basic ingredients and a bowl, and you can have delicious ube bread ready to enjoy.

To make the dough, first combine the ube powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Gradually add the warm water until the mixture becomes a smooth ball. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is soft and smooth.

Next, divide the dough into two equal parts and shape them into rolls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rise for about an hour or until they have doubled in size.

Once they have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the rolls for about 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let them cool before serving.

How to Make Ube Donuts

Making ube donuts is a fun and easy way to enjoy this Filipino favorite. All you need are some basic ingredients, utensils, and a little patience.

To make the dough, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix or the dough will be tough.

Use a spoon or your hands to form the dough into small balls. Place them on a floured surface and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add about 20 donuts at a time and cook for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to cool slightly before serving.

For the ube filling, combine 1 cup of ube (purple yam) purée with 4 tablespoons of sugar in a medium bowl. Beat until well combined and smooth. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if possible so the flavors can blend together fully.

How to make ube pancakes with mochi powder

If you’re new to ube, it can be a little daunting trying to figure out how to make them yourself. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make fluffy and decadent ube pancakes with just a few simple ingredients.

To make these pancakes, you’ll need:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ube powder (or 1 tablespoon mochi flour)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 egg, beaten

For the mochi glaze:

1/4 cup honey
Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon shredded mochi

How to prepare:

1. Preheat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of water and the flour, baking powder, salt, and ube powder to a bowl and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and cook for about 1 minute or until the batter begins to bubble and thicken. Reduce the heat to low and add the melted butter. Cook for another minute or until the butter is fully melted and bubbly.

2. Using a spoon or your hands, gently fold the batter until it’s just combined. Do not overmix or you’ll end up with tough pancakes. Carefully flip them over and cook for another minute or until they’re golden brown and set aside. Repeat with the remaining batter.

3. To make the mochi glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and mochi until well combined. Serve warm alongside the pancakes.


Ube is very diverse and can be used with a lot of different flavors, which makes it a very popular sweet treat. It has also become popular in recent years as a healthy option due to its high levels of antioxidants. Overall, ube is a versatile and delicious treat that can be enjoyed by everyone.