Yema Spread

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.


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