Introduction: Pastillas De Leche (Philippine Soft Milk Candy)
Pastillas de Leche if directly translated from Spanish means “milk tablets” or “milk pills” which basically describes this Filipino sweet delicacy. This is made from evaporated milk with some mixtures to make it like a dough. The dough will be formed into small shape and be coated with sugar.
This can't be usually found in other countries and to taste Philippines sweet delicacy at your place, I made this step by step instructable.
This recipe can produce 50 small pieces, but number can vary in size.
Step 1: Ingredients:
- 1 cup Evaporated Milk
- 1/3 cup Milk powder
- 1 can condensed Milk
- few drops of Vanilla Extract
Materials to use:
- wooden stick
- cooking pan(try not using tefal)
- mixing bowl
- Chopping Board
- Container (For sugar)
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Step 2: Boiling the Evaporated Milk
In the cooking pan Boil the evaporated milk until you see evaporation in the liquid. you may see around 3/4 left from the original.
Step 3: Put in the Condensed Milk
Place in the condensed milk it with the boiling evaporated milk.
just continue to mix
Step 4: After Adding Condensed Milk
Measure 1/3 cup of powdered milk and add it into the boiling mixture.
Keep mixing the mixture until the powdered milk is dissolved.
*Note: you could actually use any powdered milk but they may have different taste.
Step 5: Now Add the Vanilla Extract
Adding vanilla extract will give out good fragrance of vanilla. It will also give out a little twitch in the taste.
*note: do not put too much or it will make a gradual difference with the taste.
Step 6: Wait for It
The texture of the mixture will change as the milk evaporates.
This step took around 10 minutes.
While waiting you still have to mix to even out the heat to the mixture.
stiffing of the mixtures on the side can be a sign that it could be already cooled just give some time after seeing them while mixing.
*note: Just be careful not to over cook it, you will see black things if it does.
Step 7: Cooling Down the Mixture
In a Mixing bowl put in ice, Water and salt. (ICE BATH)
I suggest preparing a glass bowl so that the heat wont go to your hands after transferring.
You may want to put some butter to the inner surface of the Bowl so that the mixture wont stick.
Now being ready with everything, Transfer the Boiled mixture to the glass bowl and then put it into the ICE BATH
In the ICE BATH it could take minutes just watch it to harden more
*Info: Salt will lower freezing point not to melt the ice quickly.
Step 8: Preparing Other Things
We will need to coat it with Sugar so that it wont be sticky, and we also need its packaging
Just get any container and fill it with refined sugar
you can also prepare your packaging because cooling will take time.
In packaging you can use any material like cellophane, bond paper or even Japanese paper.
The size and the design is up to you to decide.
Step 9: After Cooling Mold the Mixture
If the mixture is sticky just make a long cylinder most likely to be compared to a short snake.
Cut the long cylinder into desired length.
If the mixture is not moldable you can add 1 and 1/2 cup powdered milk to achieve the desired dough like texture.
Step 10: Coat the Molded Pastillas
Put the molded dough into the sugar prepared in step 8
make sure every corner is coated with sugar.
This coating will cover the pastillas since it is very sticky.
Step 11: Pack the Coated Pastillas
to pack it like the one in the pictures
- Put the coated pastillas into the bond paper then roll it. (position and roll it)
- Put the rolled bond paper with the pastillas to the center of the cellophane (center it)
- Match the edge then fold inwards to the center (fold it)
- Twist both sides of the cellophane. (twist it)