Ube Biko with latik topping is a delicious, sweet treat that is so hard to refuse! Here’s how to cook the delicious dessert that is a fusion between the classic Filipino biko and ube halaya.
This is a simplified version of my ube biko yema which has a layer of sweet custard on top. The difference between the two is that, you don’t bake this ube biko recipe and it has latik or coconut curd for topping. What I like best about this recipe is you cook the glutinous rice in a small rice cooker making it so easy!
If you’re into Filipino kakanin like kalamay, suman and a lot more, then this is for you! It’s a simple sticky rice cake recipe that only needs a couple of ingredients that you might already have. It’s great as after-meal dessert, snack or even a holiday recipe idea for Noche buena and Media Noche.
What Is Ube Biko With Latik?
It’s just like the classic biko kalamay but with purple yam flavor. The ube flavor gives it a delicious twist, more so when topped with latik. Sticky rice cakes or kalamay are a favorite midday snack in the Philippines and one of them is ube biko.
Making the dessert is easy and doesn’t require an oven. You do need some elbow grease though because of continuous stirring. Patience is also key to achieve the desired texture and consistency which is thick and chewy. Try this biko recipe for your holiday parties and it’s sure to be a crowd favorite!
Notes On Ingredients
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For ube biko
- 2 cups glutinous rice
- 3 cups coconut milk (2 1/2 cup for cooking rice, 1/2 for making biko)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp ube flavoring
- 1/8 tsp salt
For coconut curd or latik
- 3 cups coconut cream
Making the coconut curd or latik
- You can do this before cooking the pudding. Pour coconut milk in a pan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil until it curdles and turn into curds. Strain to separate the oil and place in a bowl.3 cups coconut cream
- Grease bottom and sides of a 12 in x 10 in x 2 in or equivalent baking pan or dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
Making the ube biko
- Place glutinous rice in a bowl then wash a few times until water runs almost clear. Drain well.2 cups glutinous rice
- Transfer in glutinous rice into rice cooker then add 2 1/2 cups coconut milk. Set rice cooker to cook setting until done. Allow to cool to touch and fluff with a fork to separate grains.3 cups coconut milk
- Heat pan or skillet over medium heat and tip in 1/2 coconut milk and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves and well incorporated.3 cups coconut milk, 1 cup sugar
- Add ube flavoring and salt. Mix until fully incorporated.1 tbsp ube flavoring, 1/8 tsp salt
- Combine rice and coconut milk mixture then stir until well combined. Continuously stir and cook the rice until it doesn’t stick to the pan or for approximately 15 minutes.
- Transfer mixture into prepared baking dish then flatten the top with a spatula. Let cool down to set then divide to preferred serving size. Top with latik or coconut curd. Bon appetit!