My mom is an amazing cook and when I am craving Filipino food I call her and have her make it for me. Yes, I know I’m a spoiled brat, but that’s what mom’s are for- right?! I realize that I can’t call my mom forever to make me my favorite dishes so the last couple of weeks I’ve been making an effort to learn how to make my favorite Filipino dishes.
One of the first things I set to learn was my absolute favorite candy from the Philippines- Pastillas de Leche. Pastillas are a sweet and creamy milk candy that melt in your mouth. Surprisingly, this was one dish my mom didn’t know how to make. So I went to the internet to help me with my search for a Pastillas recipe and came across Kawaling Pinoy– thanks to her I made my first batch of Pastillas.
The candy is surprisingly easy to make and now I don’t have to ask my relatives in the Philippines to send me the candy. 🙂
Don’t forget to store the candy in the fridge.
Pastillas de Leche
5 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup for dusting
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup powdered milk
In a wide, nonstick skillet over medium heat, combine milk and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook, regularly stirring (careful not to scorch the milk) and scraping sides and bottom of pan, until milk is reduced and mixture turns into a paste.
Add butter and powdered milk and stir until smooth and well combined. Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to pull from sides of pan and turns into a soft dough. Transfer mixture onto plate sprayed with cooking spray and allow to cool to touch.
Divide mixture into about tablespoon portions and roll each portion into logs of about 1-inch long. Roll pastillas in sugar until fully coated.