Easy Yema Spread

Easy Emma Spread for a delicious dessert treat with egg yolks and condensed milk that you’ll love as a frosting for cakes, cupcakes and cookies or as a spread for sandwiches and breakfast toast!

Guys, you’re either going to love me or hate me. This yema spread is so addictive; you’ll be sitting around with a spoon and consume the whole 1752-calorie jar in one go. Which I guess is a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

If it weren’t so dangerously delicious, I love keeping this spread handy at all times. It’s excellent on cakes, cupcakes, Skyflakes, sandwiches, or toasts. And it’s so easy to make with only three ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time!

What is Yema

Yema is a classic Filipino soft candy made of egg yolks and condensed milk. In this recipe, we added butter to the mixture to give it a spreadable consistency.

Cooking steps

  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk until well blended. I would also like to add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness, but please check first if you are using unsalted or unsalted butter.
  • Melt the butter in a pan and when it starts to become liquid but still hot, add the egg and milk mixture and stir to combine. Make sure it is not hot as it will cook and turn the yolk into yogurt.
  • Don’t worry if the fat floats up. Once the mixture begins to thicken, it will merge with the rest of the ingredients. Please do not skip the butter as it helps in spreading consistency.
  • After about 8 to 10 minutes the mixture will start to thicken. At this point, religiously incline it and shake it regularly to prevent it from burning and clamping at the bottom.
  • Helpful tips

  • Use a nonstick skillet to make stirring easier. If you don’t mind a longer cook time, you can cook the egg-milk mixture in a double-boiler for less tending.
  • Don’t raise the heat to speed up the process; keep it at medium-low as it can burn pretty quickly.
  • For a thicker consistency, cook the mixture longer. Remember that it will
  • Continue to thicken as it cools, so remove from the heat with a little heat of your choice.
  • If you are storing Emma for future use, transfer it to a clean container while it is still hot as it will thicken when cooled, and spoon it into the small mouth of a mason jar. Can be quite sticky and dirty. However, before you cover the jar, let it cool well so that the moisture from the steam does not ruin Emma.
  • Emma Spread is not only a special dessert that you will love, but it is also a great holiday gift. Check out these free canning label printables on my other blog You can customize, print, and label your homemade gift jars. Enjoy!

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