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Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Yema are custard candies we inherited from our Spanish colonizers hundred of years ago. It is made only of condensed milk, butter, cheese and sugar.

Have you ever wondered how these heavenly like candies came about?  The word “yema” means “yolk” in Spanish. During the Spanish occupation millions of egg whites and egg shells were used to build churches in the country. It was a technique in the olden times to use them as mortar to hold the stone together. And that left Filipinos with an overabundance of yolk.  So as not to put them to was with their ingenuity and passion for food gave birth to recipes that calls for yolks like uraro cookies, leche flan and of course yema.

In red and green cellophane wrapper in time for Christmas
1 can condensed milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cheese
white sugar


Cook over low heat until thick in consistency. Let cool and form into logs or balls. Roll in white sugar. Wrap in cellophane individually.

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