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Pastillas de Leche - Filipino Milk Candies

When my family lived in the Philippines my mom would bring these back after our Pampanga trip. I miss them so much. I don't even know why I waited this long to make them. Also I have new appreciation for this candy. The amount of time it takes to turn milk into basically condensed milk is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I could just use condensed milk but what's the fun in that..

Fun fact: Traditionally pastillas were made with carabao's milk.

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Pastillas de Leche
1 L 3% milk
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, extra sugar for dredging
3/4 cup skim powdered milk, full fat if you have it
2 drops of lime oil or zest of 1 whole lime
1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Method (See Video Below)
  1. In a large skillet whisk together milk and sugar and bring them to a simmer.  Simmer until mixture is thick (about 1 to 1.5 hours).  Keep stirring and scrapping the sides and bottom of the pan.  
  2. When milk mixture is as thick as condensed milk remove from heat and add butter, powder milk, lime oil or lime zest.
  3. Transfer mixture to greased plate.  Cool for 15 minutes. 
  4. Shape into small tubes  (about 2" long).
  5. Dredge the pastillas tubes in sugar.  Make sure that all surfaces are covered.  This step is important because it prevents the candy from sticking to the wrapper.
  6. After dredging wrap them up in colorful tissue paper.  Enjoy!


How to wrap pastillas de leche..

You will need:
  • Parchment paper
  • Various colors of tissue paper
  • scissors
  1. Take your parchment paper and cut several 2 "wide by 4" long pieces.  ** Note the width of the parchment paper should be slightly longer than your pastillas.
  2. Take your tissue paper and cut several 3" wide by 4" long pieces.
  3. Take one of the tissue paper and place it on the counter top.   Turn the tissue paper so that the narrowest side is facing you.
  4. Then take one of the prepared parchment paper and place it on the countertop.  Turn the paper so that the narrowest side is facing you.
  5. Place a pastillas horizontally at the bottom of the wrapper.  
  6. Grab the parchment paper, roll it over the pastillas until the paper is used up. 
  7. While holding the parchment paper in place, pick up the pastillas and place it at the bottom end of the tissue paper seam side down.
  8. Roll tissue paper over the pastillas.  ** Try to roll it up as tight as you can.
  9. While gently holding the tissue paper seams down tuck in the excess paper into the parchment paper tube.


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