Homemade Ube Ice Cream

Awhile back, I bought some frozen grated ube from the Filipino grocery store. Ube, for those of you who don’t know, is purple yam. It’s rather sweet with a mealy sort of texture, and it’s very delicious in cakes and ice cream! After going on an ice cream kick this past summer, I suddenly had a recent craving for ice cream in the middle of winter. Below is the basic recipe that I followed.

1 cup frozen grated ube, thawed
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup frozen shredded young coconut, thawed (optional)
Ube extract (optional, for additional flavor but mainly for color)

Place the thawed ube on a couple layers of cheese cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. After all the liquid is extracted, place the ube in a steamer with foil and steam over low heat for 10 minutes. Make sure to leave some of the steamer holes uncovered. After 10 minutes, remove the ube from the steamer, place in a small bowl, and mash the ube with a wooden spoon until it’s fairly smooth. The ube can be left slightly grittier, but you may have chunks of ube form in your ice cream.

Combine the half-and-half, heavy cream, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat the cream mixture until it just begins to simmer, then remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Temper the eggs by slowly adding the warm cream mixture to the eggs a ladle at a time and whisking continuously. When about a third of the cream mixture has been added to the eggs, pour the warmed egg mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the cream. Continue to cook and whisk over medium-high heat until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, approximately 170 degrees, or when your finger swiped across the back of the spoon leaves a trail.

Pour the warmed custard into a large bowl through a double layer of cheesecloth. Add the mashed ube (and shredded coconut, if using) to the custard mixture and stir with a whisk to break up any clumps. Add ube extract 1/4 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired color. Place the bowl of custard in an ice bath and cool. After the custard has cooled, cover and place in the refrigerator over night or at least for 8 hours.

Pour the cold custard mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. After the ice cream is finished, place the ice cream in the freezer until it hardens, at least 4 hours.

69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ceciliag
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:02:37

    Tho I do not have access to the ube, this ice cream recipe sounds gorgeous. With my chickens laying flat out i love anything that calls for lots of eggs! Have a fab day! c

  2. saffronandhoney
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:52:14

    That looks beautiful! Can you get a color that vivid without using the extract in addition to the fresh ube, you think?

  3. Ei
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:57:21

    I don’t know what that tastes like, but I’d eat it just for the color. We need more purple food.

  4. Cher
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:03:23

    I have never had (or heard) ube before, but Iove the color.

  5. Anita Menon
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:08:24

    That is the most gorgeous colour. I didn’t know better, I would have thought it is a black currant icecream. I have tasted ube and I love it.

  6. Suzi
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:09:40

    Beautiful color and it sounds really tasty. How very creative, who would I have thought to make ice cream from yams.

  7. Life is Full
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 10:14:41

    I love the colour too!

  8. Norma Chang
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 10:15:30

    Is ube (purple yam) the same as purple sweet potato (ube)?

  9. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 10:20:08

    So good to look at and wonderful to discover a foodstuff that I had never heard of before. Lovely pic.

  10. Alice
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 10:31:19

    haha, did you know that ice cream sales are higher in the winter than in the summer??… odd but true! love the natural color of ube!! πŸ™‚

  11. InCucinaDaME
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:22:30

    How intriguing I must go shopping for ube and experiment

    Thanks for the inspiration

  12. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:26:20

    Interesting ice cream! Sounds like it would have some health benefits!

  13. oneexpatslife
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:27:15

    Great color! That sounds delicious, I don’t think that I’ve ever come across ube before, but know I’ll know what to do with it if I ever find it. I’m also drooling over your mac-n-cheese.

  14. mireia
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:40:54

    Sounds great!! I’ve never made ice cream but I really have to try at some stage!!

  15. Amanda
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:52:59

    I love ice cream anytime of year too! I also love the color, so beautiful!

  16. Caroline
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 12:07:49

    What a gorgeous color!! I love this. Purple yam? So unique.

  17. Heather
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 12:14:31

    Ooh I am intrigued! We’ve got an international food market in town, I’m going to have to keep an eye out for ube. It looks amazing!

  18. sara
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 12:30:25

    Wow, great color! This ice cream looks really unique and delicious, yum! πŸ™‚

  19. Jana
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 14:02:53

    Se ve impresionante!!
    Que rico πŸ˜€
    Un besito linda

  20. Asmita
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 14:21:45

    Looks amazing! I would love to try this recipe. The ice cream color is gorgeous!!!

  21. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 14:56:43

    Oh my what a gorgeous blueberry colour! I’ve not had ube before but great way to to use it!

  22. Maddy
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 14:58:48

    Looks like purple ice cream πŸ™‚ Never had it, but I’m willing to try it out.

  23. Three-Cookies
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 16:34:10

    I’ve never tried but I’ve tried regular yam and thats not sweet.

  24. TrafficDiva
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 16:43:49

    I thought I was going to loose my mind when I saw the title for this post!! It looks like you did an OUTSTANDING JOB!! Thanks for not only introducing the awesome ube to me, but now the rest of the Foodies out there can enjoy for themselves. Don’t forget to mention the Ube Cakes or better yet, make a UBE CAKE!!! YUMMMMMMMM!

  25. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 17:08:24

    Wow.. that ice cream just looks so sinful and divine. I just love myself some ice cream. Wonderful job with this

  26. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 18:13:06

    Never had this ingredient, but I love how creamy and vibrant it looks.

  27. Ronda
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 19:04:55

    That sounds really interesting. I would like to try it!

  28. simply Life
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 19:06:24

    I really want to try making my own ice cream- thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Von
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 19:34:15

    Ube is definitely one of my favourite flavours when it comes to desserts (i’ve never made anything with it though!)- so I know I definitely would love this ice cream!! I love the colour!

  30. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 19:42:16

    What a truly amazing color…and I love the coconut in it, too. I’ll be this is really good!

  31. Liz
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 20:02:32

    What a fun flavor…and the color is marvelous!

  32. nashnordin
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 21:12:16

    I’m not a fan of yam flavored ice cream, but yours looks good!

  33. filingawaycupcakes
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 21:32:15

    I love ube, this was my favorite flavor as a child. It is so ironic, I also made fresh ice cream this week, mango flavor. Both Filipino favorites!

  34. rebecca
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 21:57:04

    looks awesome great color

  35. Elaine
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 22:15:04

    I eat ice cream all year long, but I have never had a purple yam before. Would love to try this. The color is so pretty and it looks delicious.

  36. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 22:26:37

    What a stunning ice cream! I’ve never heard of ube before….but now I’m dying to try using it in my baking! (Love your pretty ice cream dish, too!)

  37. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 22:37:20

    This has to be the prettiest ice cream I’ve seen… all with natural vivid color!! It’s amazing, really!

  38. Terra
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 23:14:02

    I need to find Ube, it looks and sounds delicious:-) I love the idea of making ice cream with it, a fellow blogger made gorgeous cookies with it:-) Hugs, Terra

  39. Reem | Simply Reem
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 00:06:50

    WOW this recipe looks interesting… I have never tried Ube before but will sure look out for it.

  40. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 03:13:45

    This sounds so interesting – I’ve never heard of Ube before! I love the wonderful colour of the ice cream!!

  41. Christy
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:48:02

    Haha, don’t worry, it’s the same with me, sometimes I just tend to crave for bizarre things which does not suit the weather:p There was this once when I was having red bean with shaved ice when it was below zero degrees out there and I shivered all the time when I was outside, but yet, there I was, enjoying scoops of ice with red bean inside the shop, LOL!:)
    Okay, I must admit that I am not a fan of yam here, but I simply must drop a comment to tell you how cute they look and did you realize that the way you arranged them makes them look like blueberries??:D

  42. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:50:15

    I am soooo impressed. I love homemade ice cream but the amount of effort usually deters me. Perhaps I will need to rethink!

  43. forgottenbeast
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:03:10

    I’ve never heard of Ube…but TOO cool! Both literally and figuratively…I apologize for that.

  44. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:24:27

    I hadnt hear about the ingridient ube. Interessting, I d like to check it out more.

  45. sally
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:48:45

    I love ice cream any time of year, and ube sounds like a really interesting flavor!

  46. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 12:21:30

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous color! I would love this ice cream! So glad you shared this!

  47. Sharyn Dimmick
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 12:50:34

    Lovely color.

  48. promenadeplantings
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 14:11:40

    Oh wow, I’ve never seen purple yam’s before, the colour is fabulous!

  49. Stefanie
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 14:22:09

    Beautiful ice cream! Wonderful color, and what a unique flavor it must have!

  50. Peggy
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 14:35:46

    I love the gorgeous color of this ice cream! I haven’t had ube in ages!

  51. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 16:44:39

    Love this! and have been dreaming of something similar… what a colour!

  52. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:52:58

    Really interesting! BTW – I nominated you for theKitchen’s best recipe blog

  53. Ryan
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 19:10:21

    I’ve never tried Ube before, I’ll have to start looking out for it. That ice cream is such a gorgeous shade!

  54. Kristen
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 19:40:50

    I love the purple color! What a fun treat!!

  55. peachkins
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 23:59:37

    your Ube ice cream looks gorgeous!

  56. Cakelaw
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 05:33:30

    I learned something – I have never heard of ube before. Your icecream has s terrific colour from the yam.

  57. Baker Street
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 06:24:40

    wow! That looks stunning! lovely color.

  58. Casey
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 17:26:44

    That color is outstanding and beautiful. Ube is new to me but I must find out more.

  59. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 05:46:05

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen or eaten and ube, but this ice cream looks outstanding! I do love the color!

  60. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:00:12

    I would LOVE this ice-cream. I grew up with similar fruit/veggie growing up in Indonesia – I bet this will be pretty nutritious as well πŸ™‚ Ehmm.. ice cream is nutritious right, esp when made with something healthy like this? πŸ™‚

  61. sanyaliving
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 01:44:34

    I’ve always wanted to make ice cream! I have never heard of Ube, great colour though!

  62. Trevor Sis Boom
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 10:10:17

    I am all about interesting ice creams and this is something I’ve not encountered before. What a fun color too!

  63. u8mypinkcookies
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 23:30:34

    Oh my!! I love anything with ube! πŸ˜€

  64. Chris and Amy
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 10:36:44

    So unique! Great idea!

  65. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 02:44:18

    What an exotic ice cream – love the colour πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru
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  67. Kao
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 05:52:09

    it’s not often I read ube recipes on food blogs, and though ube-flavored ice cream is quite common in the Philippines (we have ube cornetto), homemade ones are quite rare, and yours look really good, I’d love to try this someday πŸ™‚ more power to your blog!

  68. Ben Parker
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 21:05:08

    I’m going to have to try this recipe soon. I just had Ube Ice cream at Spices on King street last night. OMG thats GOOD!!!!!

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