Ube (purple yam) Muffins
Makes 5 extra large or 12 standard muffins
What is ube? Ube is purple yam grown in the Philippines. It has a distinct bright purple colour and belongs to the sweet potato family. It has a sweeter, more mellow taste than its orange relative and is popularly used in desserts in Filipino cuisine.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line muffin tin with paper cases.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, cornflour, sugar and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix milk, olive oil, egg, flavouring and ube conserve until smooth. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and stir in wet ingredients just until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.
- Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of each muffin. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
You can normally buy ube flavouring and ube conserve or ube jam from Filipino stores globally. Sometimes they even have frozen mashed ube, which you can also use. If you have access to fresh ube, you can make your own. Just peel and cut into smaller pieces and boil until super soft then drain and mash. The mashed ube should be 150g in weight.