Ube halaya is a famous Filipino dessert made with purple yam. It is easily prepared by cooking mashed purple yams in plain milk, coconut milk, or condensed milk alongside sugar and vanilla essence. When set, it results in a slightly sweet treat that has a sticky texture and a unique purple color.
Even though it can be eaten plain, ube halaya is often incorporated into other Filipino desserts or eaten as a creamy spread. It can be served well-chilled or lukewarm and is usually sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes or latik – the crispy Filipino coconut curds.