yemaHow 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

Sugar Glaze:

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.

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