Ube Kakanin Recipes You Can Make Without Any Baking Stress
It's amazing what ube can do to dessert!
Rarely will you find kakanin made with overwhelming flavors that you no longer know what you're eating. Instead, kakanin are subtly flavored. Here is where ube comes in. Ube is an earthy and homey flavor. In fact, ube has very little taste and what taste you do detect is commonly the earth where¬†the tuber was dug up from.¬†Since fresh¬†ube¬†should be only lightly peeled since the color is at its most vibrant near the skin of the tuber, the taste of the earth basically infuses the flesh of the¬†ube,¬†giving it that distinct earthy taste.¬†
To use fresh ube properly, you need to take note of a few things:¬†
- 1 Choose a dark-skinned¬†ube¬†tuber.
- 2 Peel it thinly but thoroughly.
- 3¬†To cook¬†ube,¬†steam or boil¬†ube¬†chunks for best results.¬†
- 4¬†Make it into¬†ube¬†jam before using it in recipes that use¬†ube halaya.¬†
- 5¬†Add ube flavoring and purple food coloring cautiously.
If you're using pre-made ube halaya, note that¬†not all ube halaya are made the same. However, until you have bought it,¬†you¬†can't really check what the texture is like¬†before opening the jar. What you can do is check the consistency and¬†adjust your recipe to accommodate that texture. If your ube jam is very thick and sticky,¬†you might need to use less flour since ube is a starch and acts similar to flour in baking recipes.¬†¬†¬†
Another thing you must check is the sweetness. Too¬†often, some add¬†ube¬†to¬†recipes that have just the right amount of sugar, forgetting that ube halaya is already sweetened. They end up with an overly sweet dessert! Avoid that by replacing some of the¬†sugar to make up for the sugar in the ube halaya.¬†
Think you're ready to use ube in your¬†kakanin? Here are delicious¬†kakanin recipes using ube halaya so you can enjoy its vibrant hue and its subtle taste:¬†
1 Ube Suman Recipe¬†
Suman is a delicious snack¬†and it's a deceptively easy recipe. The troubles start when the rice isn't yet cooked through¬†enough or the¬†rice¬†doesn't develop the flavor that you want from the lihia¬†or lye water.¬†Make it easier on yourself and¬†make it with ube flavoring to give it a delicious taste.¬†
Make it even more¬†exciting by adding a layer of ube halaya into the center of the suman so every bite is a double dose of ube!¬†
2 Ube Biko Recipe¬†
Biko is also known as bibingkang malagkit.¬†Whatever term you like to use, these kakanin¬†squares just became more¬†irresistible with the addition of ube.¬†Dont' forget to make the rice super sticky and more delicious with the help of some latik.¬†
3 Ube Champorado Recipe¬†
People forget that¬†champorado can be considered as a kind of kakanin since it's¬†a dessert (eaten at breakfast!) and is made from the same kind of rice. Save the chocolate for the batirol! You'll love the addition of the ube halaya that's stirred into the porridge.¬†
4 Ube Leche Puto Recipe¬†
A leche puto is a simple mishmash of two desserts we love! This version takes those two and makes it vibrant and stunning. It's still delicious and make for lovely little bites to enjoy for merienda.¬†
5 Ube-Stuffed Suman with Latik Recipe¬†
There's something about taking a bite of something to discover that there was a delightful and delicious surprise inside! These rice balls are easy to make but have a ball of ube inside to make them extra special.¬†
Feel free to do more with the ube halaya like stuffing it into these suman balls as well as buttery cheese¬†puto! You can even just jazz up a boring dessert and make a delicious ube sauce to drizzle on top of sticky rice balls, too.¬†
6 Ube Bibingka Recipe¬†
What list¬†of kakanin would¬†be complete without a bibingka recipe? This¬†version is a classic bibingka recipe with just ube added. Nice and simple yet it immediately transforms the little cake! The addition of the ube flavoring¬†and coloring makes this more appropriate for the holiday season, don't you think?¬†
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