Pastillas De Leche (Philippine soft milk candy)

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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.
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Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/3 cup Milk powder
  • 1 can condensed Milk
  • few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar
  • Butter
* note: if making more just make this as the ratio.

Materials to use:
  • wooden stick
  • cooking pan(try not using tefal)
  • plates
  • mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Container (For sugar)
Most important thing needed

Step 2: Boiling The Evaporated Milk

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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

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Place in the condensed milk it with the boiling evaporated milk. 

just continue to mix

Step 4: After adding Condensed Milk

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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

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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

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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.
skab1 month ago
There are Peruvians in my family that make cookies with a similar setup. One trick they use is to boil the whole can of evaporated milk while it's still sealed. Usually they'll boil two and store one for next time. They just remove the wrapper from the can and boil the sealed cans for 3 to 4 hours.
souichi (author)  skab1 month ago

Hi it sounds interesting but wont the can explode due to expansion?

cammers souichi1 month ago
The can can definitely explode if the pot boils dry. So just keep topping up the water and it's safe.
skab souichi1 month ago
Nope. Boiling cans is often part of the canning process.
mayette.villa4 months ago

Hi, good looking for this recipe..I visit too many website but i found that this one is good so i will try to do this for a small business..I may ask something if you don't long that this product last..?.coz i have no preservatives....please... i need your answer....thanks...

cathesantos884 months ago
just how much vanilla is enough? :-)

will i still need to wait until it will be cold

jenalynrose5 months ago

wow sarap salamat po sa recipe eto yung result ng ginawa ko

can you use cocoa powder instead of milk? :D

Well we Filipinos didn't tried cocoa yet. Tell us what it taste like when you've tried it, ok? :)
jorellcanuel9 months ago

Where do you add in the butter and how much butter must it be?

Add the butter to a bowl when you're going to transfer it or to cool down the pastillas
Yoon-ah6 months ago
I can help if you want to.
Yoon-ah6 months ago
I can help if you want to.
chongits167 months ago
hello I tried doing this but made my pastillas hard as a rock. what stabilizers to use to prevent from hardening the product if stored longer if not placed in the ref?
Bernadeth V10 months ago

ill made this before but i couldn't cooked it... ill only mix it all ingredients.. so funny is it!!

ASCAS1 year ago
Hey souichi, my fellow schoolmate :)) ! Your getting good at this. Congratulations, you won a contest! "Umaasenso na"
I love it when my grandma sends these over! They're delicious! And I bet these are too!
Those sound like they would be very tasty :)
they tast yummy . i have tried them. . my aunt bought them from phillipines..
souichi (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Why not try it :D
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
my aunt is fillipino.. i bet she would love this recipe
Shockpier'2 years ago
What can I use if I don't have Milk powdered?
sunshiine2 years ago
I hope to try this sometime soon! It looks good! thanks for sharing and have a splendorous day!

rhazxor2 years ago
Nice one haha