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RECIPE: Ube pancakes from Kalsada

The Filipino purple yam at the center of this delicious breakfast recipe is quickly growing in popularity.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Ube has become one of 2022's trendiest ingredients. The purple yam is especially popular in the Philippines, where it's commonly used in a variety of delicious treats.

Leah Raymundo and John Occhiato, the duo behind Kalsada, a restaurant specializing in Filipino cuisine in St. Paul, stopped by KARE 11 Saturday to talk about ube and share this recipe for Ube Pancakes:

Ube Pancakes

Dry ingredients:

  • 6 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 4 C buttermilk
  • 1 C milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 C ube halaya
  • 2 T ube extract
  • 1/2 C melted butter


  • 1 C macapuno
  • 1 C diced mango
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 pint ube ice cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix all the dry ingredients. Mix all wet. Fold wet mix into the dry mix. Do not overmix. Should be lumpy. Heat a griddle over medium heat. Use a 2 oz scoop to form pancakes. Cook for 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook on the second side for 3-4 minutes. Pancakes are finished when they are bouncy in texture.

Top pancakes with sliced banana, mango, macapuno and sweetened condensed milk. Top with ice cream just before serving.

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