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Ube Hand Pies with Cheese

These heart-shaped ube hand pies inspired by Jollibee are so cute and easy to make! They’re flaky, sweet, savory, and baked right in the oven.

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Puff pastry stuffed with ube jam and cheddar cheese.

What is ube?

If you’re not familiar with ube (pronunciation: oo-beh), it is a purple yam native to the Philippines. Ube is sometimes confused with another vegetable called taro, which has an earthier flavor and is used in both savory + sweet dishes.

Ube is sweeter and often described as having vanilla and nutty notes. It’s commonly used in desserts, such as ice cream, cakes… and this ube pastry! You can find ube in the baking aisle of some Asian markets, especially Filipino ones, in the form of ube extract and ube halaya (aka ube jam). But if all else fails, you can buy ube extract/halaya or powdered ube online!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s super beginner friendly! This ube hand pie recipe is pretty much an assembly game of putting store-bought ingredients together. The pastries will be ready in less than an hour and they are SO deliciously buttery, flaky, not-too-sweet, and full of ube flavor. <3
  • The hand pies are baked, not fried. So no need to work with a bunch of oil and deep fry! Simply bake or air fry them until golden brown.
  • You can easily switch up the flavors. You can always swap out cheddar cheese for a different one, or add in other ingredients like chocolates, shredded coconut, etc.

Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Small bowls: For the sugar topping and egg wash.
  • Hand whisk or fork: For beating the egg.
  • Knife: To spread the ube jam and to cut slits on the tops of the assembled pastries.
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife or cookie cutters: I used a heart cookie cutter! You can always use a knife to cut out rectangles or try out other cookie cutter shapes!
  • Pastry brush
Holding an ube cheese hand pie.

Ingredients

To make this recipe simple, we’re using store-bought pastry!

  • Puff pastry sheet: I used the brand Pepperidge Farm.
  • Egg: For egg washing the sides of the puff pastry.
  • Granulated sugar: For sprinkling on top of the egg washed surfaces. It adds a nice hint of sweetness and crunchy texture. 🙂
  • Cheese: I used slices of block cheddar cheese.
  • Ube halaya: Also known as ube jam!

How to make ube pastries

  • Mise en place: aka “put in place”. This French saying simply means measure out all of the ingredients and prep your equipment beforehand. This will help you stay more organized and move more seamlessly in the kitchen while you follow this recipe.
  • Roll out thawed puff pastry: Using your rolling pin, gently roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to help minimize any cracks.
  • Cut out shapes: You can cut out rectangles or use cookie cutters! I used my heart cookie cutters. You will need 2 cutouts per hand pie. Since I had 8 total cutouts, I placed 4 of them on a lined baking sheet and set the remaining aside.
Spreading ube jam onto puff pastry.
  • Spread ube jam and add cheese: Spread about 1/2 tbsp of ube jam about ¼-inch from the border. Add cheese on top, then another 1/2 tbsp of ube jam.
  • Egg wash: Egg wash the edges of the pastry and add top layer of puff pastry.
Crimping puff pastry with fork.
  • Seal edges and egg wash: Using your fingers, seal edges completely shut with your fingers, then crimp edges with a fork. Egg wash and sprinkle granulated sugar on top, then use a knife to cut 2-3 slits to let air escape while baking.
  • Bake: Bake at 400°F/204°C for 12-15 minutes, or until puff pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool on pan for about 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack.
  • Store: Keep in airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in microwave for 30-45 seconds or in toaster oven until pastry crisps up again.

Storage

I recommend storing the ube pastries in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat them, pop them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or in a toaster oven until the pastry crisps up again.

FAQs

Why did the ube filling leak out?

When adding the top layer of puff pastry, really make sure to completely seal the edges shut! Use your fingers to pinch the edges together, then a fork to crimp them.

Can I make them ahead of time?

Yes, you can. First, I recommend lining them up in a single layer on a lined baking sheet or tray for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or baggie. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Bake as usual, adding 5-10 extra minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.

More ube recipes

I really hope you enjoy these ube cheese hand pies. If you make them, I’d love to see! :’) You can tag me at #bitesbybianca / @bitesbybianca on Instagram.

Video tutorial

📖 Recipe

Ube hand pies stuffed with ube halaya and cheese.

Ube Hand Pies with Cheese

Bites by Bianca
These heart-shaped ube pies inspired by Jollibee are so cute and easy to make! They're flaky, sweet, savory, and baked right in the oven.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4 ube danishes
Calories 479 kcal

Equipment

  • Parchment Paper
  • 2 small bowls for sugar topping and egg wash
  • 1 hand whisk for beating the egg; can alternatively use a fork
  • 1 heart cookie cutter can alternatively use knife to cut rectangles
  • 1 pastry brush for egg wash
  • 1 knife, to cut slits in pastry before baking

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed but still cold
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2-3 oz block cheddar cheese cut into slices
  • 4 tbsp ube halaya

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C and line one baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Add 2 tbsp granulated sugar to small bowl. Beat 1 egg in another small bowl with hand whisk or fork to make the egg wash.
  • Using your rolling pin, gently roll out 1 puff pastry sheet on lightly floured work surface to minimize any cracks.
  • Use knife to cut sheet into 8 equal rectangles. Or, use heart cookie cutter to cut out 8 hearts. Place 4 on baking sheet, about 3-4 inches apart. Set remaining pieces aside.
  • On each cut out piece on the baking tray, spread ½ tbsp ube halaya, about ¼-inch from the border. Add a slice of cheddar cheese in the middle, then top with another ½ tbsp ube halaya.
    Spreading ube jam onto puff pastry.
  • Egg wash the sides of the pastry, then top with cut out pastry. Seal edges completely shut with fingers, then use a fork to crimp the edges.
    Crimping puff pastry with fork.
  • Egg wash the top of the pastry and sprinkle granulated sugar on top. Use a knife to score 2-3 slits on the top. This allows steam to escape while baking.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until puff pastry is golden. Let cool on pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool until ready to eat!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store ube danishes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Feel free to use an air fryer instead! Just decrease the time by a few minutes and check them more frequently.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 ube hand pieCalories: 479kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 9gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 261mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 202IUCalcium: 113mgIron: 2mg
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