Yema Spread Recipe

Yema is a custard-like Filipino dessert. Have you had it in a sandwich before?

Yema is a candy-like, custard-based Filipino dessert. It’s usually triangular in shape and presented in colorful cellophane wrapper. However, this recipe gives a twist to a well-known classic. Try this sticky-sweet yema spread recipe: you can spread it on toast or use it to top other desserts like cupcakes, bread pudding, or ice cream. It tastes just like the classic yema dessert but with a spreadable consistency that is very versatile. If you’re a coffee lover, you can add a a few tablespoons of instant coffee for a coffee-yema spread. This delicious pick-me-up dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Yema Spread Recipe

Lhas Alvarez
Yema is a custard-like Filipino dessert. Have you had it in a sandwich before?
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Sauces, Spreads, Dip
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 cups


Yema Spread Ingredients

  • 1 250 ml pack condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons instant coffee Optional


  • Prepare a pot of hot simmering water for your bain marie or double boiler.
  • Combine condensed milk, egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl. Whisk until well incorporated. Place this bowl on top of your pot of water (make sure it doesn’t touch the water) and continue to whisk for 15-20 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  • Add butter and continue to mix until butter is well incorporated. Transfer to a jar or container and allow to cool. Spread on toast.
Keyword Filipino dessert recipe
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