Perfectly balanced between fudgy and cakey, these white chocolate ube brownies are a recipe you’re definitely going to want to try. With a bright and vibrant colour, these will catch everyone’s eye at your next get together.
What is ube?
Have you ever tried ube before? Native to the Philippines, ube is a yam (or tuber) famously known for its bright purple colour. This is not to be mistaken with purple sweet potato – they are two totally different things!
Over the years, ube has caught the eye of many foodies and continues to gain popularity worldwide, especially in North America. In the Philippines you can MANY ube flavoured snacks and desserts. Ube is used in halo halo, cakes, and cookies, just to name a few.
Where can I find ube?
If you live in North America like me, finding fresh ube might be difficult. If you live in metropolitan cities with diverse populations, it may be easier to find. Luckily, most Asian grocery stores carry jarred ube and ube extract – which is what I used in this recipe.
Ube extract gives the wonderful unique aroma of ube and adds a beautiful pop of colour. The flavour of ube tastes like a combination of vanilla, marshmallow, and coconut. It’s quite nice and I hope that after trying this recipe, you become a fan of ube as well.
Soft and cakey
Whether you’re a fan of fudgy or cakey brownies, this recipe will give you the best of both worlds. The white chocolate and butter adds a nice density and richness to the recipe which becomes pretty addicting!
What kind of white chocolate can I use?
I’m always a big advocate for using what you have! When making this recipe, I used a good quality white belgian chocolate but you can use whatever is accessible to you. White chocolate chips, a chocolate bar, or chocolate chunks will all work well!
Ube and white chocolate compliment each other so well. When developing this recipe, I was considering using semisweet chocolate but felt that it would overshadow the flavour of the ube. Using white chocolate in this recipe allows the gentle flavour of ube to shine!