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Pastillas de Leche

Pastillas de leche are Filipino candies made with milk and sugar. These sweet treats are soft, creamy, and great for holiday gift-giving!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 40 Pieces
Calories: 55kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh milk (carabao or whole cow's milk)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime or calamansi zest
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup full cream powdered milk

Instructions

  • In a wide, nonstick skillet over low heat, combine milk and 2/3 cup of the sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cook, regularly stirring and scraping sides and bottom of the pan, for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until milk is reduced and mixture turns into a thin paste.
  • Add lime zest and stir to combine.
  • Add butter and powdered milk and stir until smooth and well combined.
  • Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to pull from sides of the pan and turns into a soft dough.
  • Transfer mixture into a lightly oiled plate and allow to cool to touch.
  • Divide mixture into about 40 portions and roll each portion into logs of about 1-inch long.
  • Roll pastillas in the remaining 1/3 cup sugar until fully coated.
  • Wrap individually in Japanese paper.

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Notes

If the mixture is too soft or sticky to roll, chill for a few minutes to firm up.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 72mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg