Yema is a candy-like, custard-based Filipino dessert. 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.
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Ready In: 23 mins
Yield: 2 cups
- 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.