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Easy Yema Spread made with egg yolks and condensed milk for a delicious nashville filipino food sweet treat you’ll love as frosting for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies or as a spread for sandwiches and breakfast toasts!

yema spread in a mason jar
Easy Yema Spread

Guys, you’re either going to love me or hate me for this yema recipe. It’s seriously addicting, you’ll be sitting around with a spoon and consume the whole 1752-calorie jar at 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 cook time!

How to Make Yema Spread

melted butter, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk in a nonstick skillet to make yema spread


In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and condensed milk until well-blended. I like to add a small pinch of salt as well to balance the sweetness but please check if you’re using unsalted or salted butter.

In a pan over medium-low heat, melt butter. When it begins to liquify but still warm (NOT hot), add the egg-milk mixture and stir to combine. Make sure to use a nonstick skillet to make stirring easier.

Don’t worry if the fat floats on top, it will incorporate with the rest of the ingredients once the mixture begins to thicken. Please do not omit the butter as it helps for a spreadable consistency.

cooking yema spread in a nonstick skillet

After about 8 to 10 minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken.  At this point, tend to it religiously and whisk regularly to prevent from burning at the bottom and from clumping.

It might be tempting to raise the heat to speed up the process but I suggest keeping it at medium-low as it can burn pretty quickly.

poorly done yema spread with lumps and burnt spots

I actually had to make the spread twice as my phone was ringing and I walked away from the stove to answer. It took a quick minute for the yema to stick at the bottom of the pan and clump up.!

As you can see from the photo above ☝️, the previous batch had unsightly lumps and browned spots. Still scrumptious, of course, and I may or may not have finished the whole pan-full by myself. 🙂

checking consistency of cooked yema spread with a large red spoon silicone spoon

Now, this photo above ☝️ is the viscosity we’re looking for. The egg-milk spread is smooth without lumps and flows like golden lava.

You can cook it a little longer if you want to reduce and thicken it further but the consistency above is what I recommend if you’re going to use it as frosting on cakes (yema cake recipe coming soon!).

Also, the mixture will continue to thicken as it cools so it’s best to take it off the heat a tad thinner than you like the final product.

yema spread in a spoon

If you’re storing the yema for future use, transfer to a container while it’s still warm as again, it thickens as it cools and spooning it through the small mouth of a mason jar can get pretty sticky and messy.

However, let it cool completely first before covering lest the moisture from the steam will ruin the yema.

yema spread on toasted bread

Unfortunately, four egg yolks and one can (14.5 ounces) condensed milk yield only roughly one cup. Fortunately, you can easily double or triple the recipe to meet what you need.

Yema spread is not only a special sweet treat you’ll love, but it also makes great holiday gifts. Check out these FREE canning labels printables on my other blog you can customize, print, and label your homemade gift jars. Enjoy!

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Easy Yema Spread made with eggs and condensed milk for a delicious nashville filipino food sweet treat you'll love as frosting for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies or as a spread for sandwiches and breakfast toasts!

Keyword:yema spread
Servings: 8Servings
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Lalaine
  • 1can(14.5 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4egg yolks
  • 2tablespoonsbutter
  • 1/8teaspoonsalt, optional
  1. In a bowl, combine condensed milk, egg yolks, and salt (if using). Whisk until well-blended and evenly colored.

  2. In a wide, nonstick pan over medium-low heat, heat butter until slightly melted and still warm (NOT hot).

  3. Add egg-milk mixture and stir well to combine.

  4. Cook, stirring regularly and scraping sides and bottom with a spoon, for about 15 minutes or until mixture thickens to a spreadable paste.

  5. Remove from heat, allow to cool to warm, and transfer to airtight container. Allow to cool completely before closing with lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Yema Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 200mg6%
Total Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugars 28g
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A7.1%
Vitamin C1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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