Our next recipe, which can be your next business, can tell a lot of stories. As a student, we would sell these candies to raise fund. Pastillas de leche, pastillas, or pastiyema. These candies are also commonly sold in buses. Do you have such experience? When you were in a bus and someone came in to sell these goods? I am not into buying such thing, but I tend to think of the stories of those people selling them. At the end, I tend to buy their candies.
What are these pastillas de leche? They are sweet milk candies that use carabao’s (water buffalo) milk. These candies originate from the town of San Miguel in Bulacan, where a pastillas festival has been celebrated every May since 2006. From this place, such candy making widely spread all over the country. Another town known for producing such confectionery is Laguna. Along its highway are many stalls offering these candies. Originally, pastillas de leche are primarily homemade by carabao-rearing farmers. Thus, these candies are made from either carabao or cow milk or both. Nowadays, condensed milk and powdered milk are commonly used. Refined sugar and lime or calamansi juice are also usually added.
Original recipe with carabao milk involves cooking. Hence, it is a bit laborious because you need to be careful during heating to avoid milk curdling. This curdling can affect the texture of the pastillas. However, this recipe here is easier to make. It is a no-cook recipe with only three ingredients: condensed milk, powdered milk, and sugar. You will just fold, mix, and cool the mixture. Easy, right? Moreover, wrapping the candies is fun. Cellophane with different colors is commonly usd. You can actually do it with kids if you have one. The pastillas festival in Bulacan is also linked to the paper-cut form of the pabalat or wrapper of pastillas de leche.
So are you ready to try this easy recipe of pastillas de leche? You will not regret if for sure. You can satisfy your cravings at once. Enjoy!
Pastillas de Leche Recipe
- 2 cups powdered milk
- 3/4 can condensed milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Place the condensed milk in a mixing bowl.
- Slowly fold-in the powdered milk. Mix well.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (to avoid mixture to be too sticky when molding)
- Scoop 1/2 tbsp of the mixture and mold into cylinders.
- Roll each molded cylindrical mixture on granulated sugar.
- Wrap in paper or cellophane.
- Serve as a dessert or as a treat.