How to make Yema:
Yema is a type of custard candy made from egg yolks and condensed milk. This is a common Filipino dessert and one of the easiest to make. The ingredients needed are readily available and this does not require a lot of cooking and preparation time.
There are several ways to present this Yema dessert – the most common is the use of colored cellophane. The mixture is scooped and placed inside individually cut cellophane then manually molded until the shape becomes pyramid-like. Others roll the mixture until the shape becomes spherical and place them in a small paper cup or use some frill picks to go with it.
3 egg yolks
120 g mashed potato
1 tablespoon plain flour
180 g condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/8 teaspoon salt
100 g sugar
60 ml water
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1. Combine all the ingredients and cook in a double boiler, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens – about 15 minutes.
2. Set aside to cool (may be refrigerated for 30 minutes to 1 hour) and roll into 2.5 cm diameter balls.
3. For the sugar glaze, combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until syrup is lightly caramelized.
4. Dip the Yema balls into the syrup and set aside to cool before wrapping in colored cellophane paper.