Hey folks! It’s sweets time again. I had a hankering for some pastillas de leche (pronounced ‘pastilyas de leh-cheh‘) over the weekend and because we no longer live near any Filipino grocer, I decided to make them myself. Of course, it’s not as authentic as the pastillas from Philippines but I guess it’s close enough.
If you’re not Filipino, you’re probably wondering, “what in the world is pastillas de leche?“. Well the name is Spanish and it literally translates to tablet (pastillas) milk (leche) but we know it as candied milk. It’s a milk dessert or milk candy traditionally made with carabaos’s milk. “What is carabao?”, I hear you ask. Well, it’s a type of water buffalo that can be found in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Since there’s no carabao to be found here, we’ll have to use condensed milk and powdered milk.
Aww, aren’t they cute? I almost feel bad having to nom nom nom on it :D
Pastillas de Leche – makes roughly about 45 milk candies. I did not know it would make so many! This would be a good amount to make to give as presents.
400g condensed milk
2 1/4 cups powdered milk
1/3 cup caster or regular white sugar
1. Cut the cellophane into small squares, roughly about 14×10 cm’s. In a large bowl, mix condensed milk and milk powder until well combined. I suggest that you use a wooden/rubber spatula to mix and put some elbow grease into it. It’s quite hard work mixing it through. DO NOT use your hands to mix it as it’s very sticky.
2. Rub a small amount of butter on your palms and spoon out a small amount (cherry size) of the dough on your palm and roll it into a ball.
3. Begin to shape the ball into a cylinder shape about 5-6 cm.
4. Roll the candied milk onto the sugar making sure to cover it entirely.
5. Place candied sugar on the bottom of a cellophane and wrap it by rolling it all the way to the top. Twist the ends to close the wrapper.
Oh, just for fun, I made a video tutorial on rolling and wrapping the candy. Check it out if you like. :)
The pastillas will start to harden a little bit (but still chewy) once they’re all wrapped up and make sure to store them in an airtight container. Consume within 3 days or they can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. They would be so much prettier with different coloured cellophane wrappers but I didn’t have much luck finding coloured ones on the weekend.
As I mentioned before, this would be a lovely gift idea for friends birthdays and for colleagues at the office for christmas . I’ll share mine with the office. I hope no one’s lactose intolerant :P