Ube pandesal has become a ube-quitous quarantine food. Forget banana bread, practically every budding online entrepreneur starts with that purple crusty bread filled either with velvety ube halaya or cheese—in some cases, both.[READ: Your Good Shepherd ube jam orders will keep women afloat amid this pandemic]
Now, we are not saying boycott these small businesses—we are all for supporting entrepreneurs. What we’re saying is: There’s a whole ube universe out there waiting to be explored. And with time on our hands, many home bakers, cooks and food brands are making uber-creative inventions with this humble tuber.
Let’s get to know these out-of-the-box ube creations, shall we?
Burnt ube cheesecake
It has the same velvety texture unique to the Basque dessert but with a distinct purple yam flavor.
Buko-ube pie hybrid
We know ube goes well with macapuno—a genetically-different young coconut—so it’s no surprise that buko pie with purple yam just makes delectable sense.
No, ube is not just for desserts, this ube-flavored concoction proves.
Now for a fried dessert, try this ube halaya-filled turon. Banana optional
We love kakanin so naturally this purple bibingka—with cheese, of course—makes it to this list.
Don’t count banana bread out just yet as it still has tricks up its sleeve aka an ube filling
Even your beloved quarantine baking essential sourdough could use a little color—purple in this case
Told you, there’s more to ube-flavored baked goods than ube pandesal
Ube Spanish bread
Another neighborhood bakery staple we love, now stuffed with halaya
Move over, cinnamon rolls!
Coffee-crusted ube buns
Ube pairs well with coffee? Who knew?
Ube tapioca pearls
Perfect with ube milk tea
If there’s an ube filling, we ain’t complaining
It’s also vegan.
Ube lava pancakes
Purple pancakes just won’t cut it—make it rain with that ube sauce!
Again, knot complaining
Conclusion: Everything can be infused with ube and no one will complain
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Writer: CHRISTIAN SAN JOSE
ART LEVENSPEIL SANGALANG