This Fudgy Ube Brownies is a fusion of Filipino purple yam and classic chocolatey goodness. They are irresistibly delightful treats that are easy to make and use simple ingredients!
Welcome to the world of Ube Brownies – a delectable treat that combines the timeless allure of sweet dessert with the earthy flavors of ube. Whether shared with loved ones or savored in solitude, celebrate the harmonious blend of flavors, colors, and cultures that make the culinary world so beautifully diverse.
This article delves into the captivating journey of crafting and savoring this yummy dessert, exploring its cultural significance, and even providing some baking insights.
What is Ube
Ube, scientifically known as Dioscorea alata, is a tuberous root vegetable native to Southeast Asia. Its vibrant purple color and versatility have been a staple in Filipino desserts for centuries.
Ube, a beloved ingredient in Filipino cuisine, adds a captivating twist to the meal or dessert. Adding ube to a dessert or a meal gives a nutty and slightly floral flavor profile and infuses a unique, familiar, and exotic taste. Beyond the palate, the vibrant purple hue of Ube Brownies looks “cute,” making them an ideal treat for special occasions or a simple afternoon indulgence.
Incorporating ube into your dessert repertoire is an excellent way to explore global flavors and embrace cultural diversity in your culinary endeavors. You will get a unique-tasting dessert with the richness of Chocolate and nuts and Ube flavor. Try it and know for yourself the unique taste of this dessert.
Crafting Ube Brownies: From Kitchen to Table
Making this is so simple. The ingredients may be already available in your pantry. You will need Flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and the star of the show – ube – to be meticulously combined to form a luscious batter. The ube lends its captivating color to the mix, turning the batter into a vibrant purple color.
Ube Brownies Ingredients :
- All Purpose Flour
- Corn Starch
- Ube Halaya
- Ube flavor
- White Chocolate
- Chop Walnut or your favorite walnut
How do you Make Ube Brownies?
- Prepare the Oven and the Pan: Line the pan with parchment paper. Set it aside and preheat the oven.
- Chop the Nut – I used walnut in this recipe, so I chopped it roughly to be the same size as the white chocolate.
- Mix the dry ingredients– add the flour, salt, and cornstarch in a large bowl and mix together using a wire whisk.
- Mix the Butter and Brown Sugar: Put the butter in a small-sized saucepan and melt the butter using low heat. When the butter is melted, remove from the heat and add the sugar. Mix until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the egg, Ube flavors- Ensure the butter mixture is cold before you add the eggs. You want to avoid cooking the egg. Mix the egg thoroughly and add the Ube Halaya and the Ube Flavoring. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
- Add the flour mixture– Add in the flour mixture using a sifter. Mix the ingredients gently just enough to remove any white flour streaks.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Top it with white Chocolate and nuts.
- Press the Chocolate and nut gently into the batter.
- Bake the Ube Brownies in a preheated oven from 20 to thirty minutes; start checking at 18 minutes Cool: Once baked, let the brownies cool down.
- I am serving them with a scoop of velvety vanilla and Avocado ice cream. It is also good with coffee honey, and lemon tea.
Tips for Baking Success
- Achieving the perfect batch is simple- don’t overmix, and never add the egg when the batter mixture is hot. Mix the butter and sugar until smooth, let it cool, and add the egg.
Why Make it?
- Thoughtful Gifts-The act of gift-giving takes on new meaning when Ube Brownies are involved. Whether celebrating birthdays, holidays, or simply spreading joy, these purple-hued treats make for thoughtful and delectable presents that will surely bring smiles.
- Cultural Significance and Culinary Connections-In Filipino culture, ube holds a special place and is often associated with celebrations and gatherings. By including Ube Brownies on your dessert table, you’re not only treating your taste buds but also connecting with a rich culinary heritage that spans generations.
- Versatile-The allure of ube extends far beyond brownies. Venture into Ube Cake, Ube Cookie Crinkles, and Ube Ice cream infused with this captivating ingredient, and open the door to a world of culinary exploration that knows no bounds.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I use frozen ube to make Ube Brownies?
Certainly! Frozen grated ube can be utilized for Ube Brownies. Just ensure it’s thawed before incorporating it into the batter.
- Are Ube brownies gluten-free?
Traditional Ube Brownies contain flour and are not gluten-free. However, you can experiment with gluten-free flour alternatives for a similar treat.
- Where can I find ube if it’s not available locally
Some specialty grocery stores or Asian markets may carry frozen or powdered ube. Online retailers are also a viable option for sourcing this unique ingredient. Or you can order Ube powder in Amazon and rehydrate it.
- Can I substitute white Chocolate for dark Chocolate in Ube Brownies?
Absolutely! While dark Chocolate complements the ube flavor well, white Chocolate adds a delightful creamy contrast.
- How long do Ube Brownies stay fresh?
Ube Brownies can remain fresh for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.
This recipe is adapted with some changes from the Sweet Ambitions channel.
- parchment paper
- 1 Large mixing bowl
- 1 wire whisk
- 1 small saucepan
- 1 spatula
- 1 eight by twelve and 2-inch deep baking pan
- 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Corn Starch
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Butter
- 11/2 cups Brown sugar
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/3 cup Ube Halaya please see note for the recipe
- 2 tsps Ube flavor
- 1 cup White Chocolate
- 3/4 cup Chop Walnut
Prepare the Oven and the Pan
- Line the pan with parchment paper. Set it aside and preheat the oven to 338 F.
Chop the Nut
- I used walnut in this recipe, so I chopped it roughly to be the same size as the white chocolate. Mix the chocolate morsels and the nuts together and set them aside.
Prepare the wet Ingredients.
- Put the butter in a small-sized saucepan and melt the butter using low heat. When the butter is melted, remove from the heat and add the sugar. Mix until the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs. Ensure the butter mixture is cold before you add the eggs. You want to avoid cooking the egg. Mix the egg thoroughly and add the Ube Halaya and the Ube Flavoring. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
Combine the dry Ingredients.
- Mix the flour, salt, and cornstarch in a large bowl and mix together using a wire whisk.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top it with white Chocolate and nuts. Press the Chocolate and nut gently into the batter. Bake the Ube Brownies in a 338 F preheated oven from 20 to thirty minutes; start checking at 18 minutes. If you use a bigger pan, make sure to check your brownies in fifteen minutes or less.
- Once baked, let the brownies cool down before serving.