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The Best Yema Spread Recipe

Updated: Sep 23, 2023


Yema Spread
Yema Spread

Greetings, everyone! This is MotherBee, and I have something super exciting to share with you. Imagine merging the delightful flavors of a classic Filipino dessert, Yema, with the creaminess of a spread. The result? A rich and scrumptious Yema Spread that takes snacking to a whole new level. Get ready to spread this luscious treat on your favorite bread or even use it as an ingredient in other dishes!


What’s So Special About Yema Spread?


Imagine sinking your knife into this creamy masterpiece and spreading it over fresh pandesal or toasted slices of bread—sounds divine, right? But that’s just scratching the surface. This Yema Spread is more than just a spread; it’s a versatile delight! Need frosting for your cakes or cupcakes? Sorted. Craving a sweeter, creamier coffee? A dollop of Yema Spread will do the trick!


Yema Spread or Dulce de Leche?


You might wonder how Yema Spread differs from another sweet favorite, Dulce de Leche. Well, it all boils down to the ingredients! While Dulce de Leche is purely condensed milk turned caramel, Yema Spread is a custard-based wonder that blends condensed milk with egg yolks and butter for that extra oomph of flavor and creaminess.


Yema Spread: Not Just a Treat, It’s a Business!


Oh yes, if you’ve mastered the art of making Yema Spread, why not monetize your skills? This could be your ticket to some extra cash, or who knows, maybe even a full-scale business!


Historical Background of Yema Spread


Ah, Yema—this beloved Filipino delicacy has sweetened our lives for generations! Originally, “yema” is a Spanish word meaning ‘yolk,’ but we Filipinos have crafted it into a creamy, heavenly treat that’s much more than just yolks and sugar. Back in the day, nuns used egg yolks to starch their habits and wondered what to do with the leftover yolks. Thus, yema was born—a perfect blend of culinary ingenuity and resourcefulness. Now, we’ve taken it to the next level by turning it into an irresistible Yema Spread! So versatile, you can slather it on bread or even dollop some on your halo-halo!


Deeper Dive: Understanding Yema Spread


  1. What is the original meaning of yema?The term yema comes from Spanish and originally signifies the yolk of an egg. It symbolizes the heart or essence, which beautifully captures the spirit of this Filipino delicacy—simple yet packed full of flavor.

  2. What are the flavors of yema?Over time, the yema we know and love has been jazzed up with various flavors! The classic taste is still that rich, creamy, milky sweetness, but modern renditions include chocolate, ube, and even matcha flavors. Filipinos love a culinary adventure, don’t we?

  3. Where is yema from?While the term might be Spanish, yema is a culinary gem that has been widely embraced in Filipino culture. It’s more than just a treat; it’s a part of our heritage.


Get Ready, Set, Cook with MotherBee’s Essentials!


Before we dive into this kitchen adventure, let’s set the stage with the key ingredients:

  • Egg Yolks: Always use fresh ones for a creamier and richer texture.

  • Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk: The heart of your spread that lends that signature sweetness and thickness.

  • Lemon Rind: This is your secret flavor enhancer, offering a citrusy note that balances the sweetness.

  • White Chocolate: This is the showstopper that adds a layer of sophistication to your Yema Spread.

  • Unsalted Butter: To achieve that spreadable, velvety texture we’re aiming for.


Now that you’re all set, let’s get cooking!


Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Number of Servings: Makes about 2 jars


Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan

  • Wooden spoon

  • Sterilized jars


The Best Yema Spread Recipe


Yema Spread Ingredients

  • 350g condensed milk

  • 100g egg yolks

  • 50g SELBOURNE white chocolate, melted

  • 50g warm milk

  • 5g vanilla extract

  • Rind of 1 lemon, finely grated


Best Yema Spread Step by Step Procedure

  1. Mix the egg yolk and condensed milk in a pan.

  2. Add the finely grated lemon rind.

  3. Set the stove to low heat and continuously mix.

  4. Heat the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.

  5. Prepare the chocolate ganache and add it to the custard mixture. Continue mixing.

  6. Add vanilla and continue mixing until thick, glossy, and pourable.

  7. fill the jars with yema spread while it is still hot, leaving 1-inch headspace.

  8. Close the lid tightly.

  9. Submerge the jars in water and boil for 45 minutes.

  10. Remove from the pot, wipe dry, cool down.

  11. Label with the name and date produced.

  12. Best before date (production date +  12 months). Now here’s a storage tip that will change your life: once bottled, this Yema Spread can be preserved for up to one whole year at room temperature! Yep, you read that right—one year!

  13. Once you’ve broken the seal, make sure to keep it chilled.

  14. Need more longevity? Freeze it! It stays good for another year; just thaw it out before use.


Ingredient Substitutions:

  • Substitute fresh lemon rinds with lemon extract.

  • Replace white sugar with coconut sugar for a healthier option.l but will change the colour to brown.


Suggested Serving and Pairing:

  • Perfect as a filling for pastries and cakes or as a topping for ice cream.


When Usually Served:

  • Anytime, but especially popular during fiestas and special occasions.


Modern Variations:

  • Yema Spread with Coconut Flakes

  • Spiced Yema Spread with Cinnamon

  • Mocha Yema Spread

  • Yema Spread with Crushed Walnuts

  • Yema Spread with Chocolate Chips

  • Nutty Almond Yema Spread

  • Salted Caramel Yema Spread

  • Strawberry Yema Spread

  • Yema Spread with Crushed Graham Crackers

  • Yema Spread with Peanuts and Cocoa


Food Safety Points to Remember:

  • Always refrigerate after opening.

  • If stored at temperatures above 4°C for more than 4 hours, reheat and consume immediately; otherwise, discard.


The Science Behind the Process:

The creaminess of this spread is attributed to the egg yolks, which when cooked at low heat, emulsify the fats and liquids into a smooth, creamy texture. The addition of butter furthers this emulsification, giving you that dreamy creaminess we all love!

The sugar acts as a preservative, while the lemon rind adds aroma and flavor.


Ingredient Functions:

  • White chocolate: Adds creaminess

  • Lemon rinds: Provide fragrance and tartness


Serving and Storage Magic

Pour your luscious Yema Spread into sterilized jars while it’s still warm. Let it cool down completely before sealing to avoid moisture build-up. Once bottled, this Yema Spread can be preserved for up to one year at room temperature. Once opened, make sure to keep it chilled. To further preserve it, fill the jars, leaving 1-inch headspace, then close the lid tightly. Submerge the jars into water and boil for 45 minutes. Remove from the pot, wipe dry, cool down, then label with the name and the date produced.


Shelf Life, Storage, and Packaging:

  • Bottled Version: If you bottle the yema spread, it can be preserved for up to a year when stored at room temperature. However, once opened, it should be kept chilled.

  • Frozen: It can also be frozen for up to a year. Just thaw it out when you’re ready to use.


10 Tips for Success:

  1. Always use low heat.

  2. Keep stirring to avoid lumps.

  3. Use high-quality white chocolate for better taste.

  4. Opt for fresh lemon rinds.

  5. Do a taste test before removing from heat.

  6. Use a heavy-bottomed pan for even cooking.

  7. Measure ingredients accurately.

  8. Warm the milk slightly for a smoother blend.

  9. Vanilla extract enhances the flavor; don’t skip it!

  10. Cool before transferring to jars.


10 Common Mistakes and Troubleshooting:

  1. Burnt taste: Lower the heat and stir more frequently.

  2. Too runny: Continue cooking for a few more minutes.

  3. Too thick: Add a splash of milk.

  4. Uneven texture: Use a hand mixer for a smoother texture.

  5. Lacking flavor: Add a pinch of salt.

  6. Curdling: Lower the heat and whisk vigorously.

  7. Lumpy: Strain through a sieve.

  8. Sticky: Reduce sugar or adjust cooking time.

  9. Separation: Mix well before storing.

  10. Bitter aftertaste: Check the freshness of your lemon rinds.


Ingredient and Nutritional Info

  • Calories per serving: 150

  • Carbohydrates: 20g

  • Protein: 3g



That’s all, mga ka-foodie! Now you’re all set to make your delicious Yema Spread. Don’t forget to share your Yema creations with the hashtag #MotherBeeCooks. For more scrumptious recipes, follow me across social media and subscribe to my channel.



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