Ube Hopia

by aMiable Foods


For 1st dough

1 ⅓ cup bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
½ cup and 1 ½ tbsp cake flour (or all-purpose flour)
¼ tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
½ cup water
1 tbsp ube extract (add more if you prefer)
½ cup vegetable shortening (or ½ cup vegetable oil)

For 2nd dough

1 ½ cup cake flour (or all-purpose flour)
¾ cup vegetable shortening

For filling

2 cups ube halaya (or ube jam)
For egg wash
1 egg + 1 tsp water (water and egg mixed and beaten )


Making the 1st dough
In a bowl, add bread flour, cake flour (or all-purpose flour), sugar, and salt. Give a quick whisk then add water and ube extract.
Mix using a spatula the tip in vegetable shortening. Knead by hand until dough forms. Cover with cling film and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Making the 2nd dough
Prepare 2 sheets of parchment paper approximately 12 in. X 12 in. Set aside
In a different bowl, Add cake flour (all-purpose flour) and vegetable shortening. Knead until well incorporated and dough forms.
Place 1 sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface then place the 2nd dough in the center. Cover the dough with the other parchment paper then flattens the dough with a rolling pin until a rough square is formed.
Fold the sides of the parchment paper to seal. Set aside.

Making the ube hopia
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Lightly dust the work surface with flour and place the first dough on top. Flatten with a rolling pin to make a rough square shape (17×17 cm.). Place the 2nd dough in the center of the 1st dough then fold the top and bottom edge.
Turn 90° and flatten with a rolling pin to make a rough rectangle shape (17×9 cm.). Fold the dough in thirds. (First folding)
Turn 90° again, and roll the dough to make a rough rectangle shape (17×9 cm.). Fold the dough in thirds. (2nd folding). Wrap in cling film and rest for 15 minutes.
Dust surface with flour and place dough on top. Stretch dough a bit with a rolling pin then cut it in half. Take half of the dough and flatten the dough until thin (approx 18 in. in length). Roll the dough into a log and evenly cut it into 12 pieces.
Take a piece of dough from the pieces that have been cut and flatten it with a rolling pin until a circle is formed. Place 1 ½ tbsp of ube halaya or jam in the center then seal by gathering the sides of the dough towards the middle.
Using a cookie cutter, place the dough inside and lightly press the top to shape it into a hopia. Arrange on a baking sheet then apply egg wash and bake for 15 – 25 minutes or until the crust turns purplish brown.
For no-bake hopia, place shaped dough in a flat frying pan and cook each side for 10 minutes at low heat. Bon appetit.