Pastillas de Leche

Easy No-Cook Pastillas De Leche

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I was never a sweet-eater but even with low-sugar intake I still developed gestational diabetes when I was carrying the kiddo. Mahirap na din talaga ‘pag may lahi ano? So it’s always in the back of my mind that I have to limit how much sugar gets into my system. But I guess age has finally taken a toll on me; I get sugar cravings once in a while. I can get real mad about certain type of chocolates – truffles and mean dark ones.  A now could entice me with his yummy ice creams. I crave soft delicate brownies. And now I can’t stop myself from making Filipino desserts! I don’t normally care about all these. Iniisnab ko nga ‘yan sa mga parties.

One night while I was watching Project Runway, I just suddenly grabbed ingredients from the pantry to make pastillas de leche. I had been planning on doing chocolate-dusted pastillas ala-truffles by Joy but I was too lazy and so I quickly googled and saw Vanjo’s version. Pwede naman pala hindi lutuin. I said to myself I would try cooking the mixture some other day but not this time. I made just enough to satisfy my cravings.  By the time the catwalk started, I was already munching.  Hope my blood sugar won’t spike up anytime soon.

So here goes with a little tweak.

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Easy No-Cook Pastillas De Leche
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 cup sifted powdered milk
  • ⅓ cup condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Sugar
  1. Mix powdered milk, condensed milk and melted butter in a bowl until dough-like.
  2. Place a piece of baking paper (approximately 1 ft. x 1 ft) on a flat surface. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Using a spatula spread the mixture on the baking paper until square-ish. Flatten with a rolling pin or just use your spatula until approximately half an inch.
  3. Cut the dough into strips, about 2 in x ½ in. Roll them in between the palm of your hands, forming small thin barrels. You can take bigger amount of mixture to make bigger portions but I like them small and tasty with both ends flat.
  4. Roll in a plate of sugar. You may wrap them in paper or candy sheets. I store them in the fridge all wrapped in baking paper and in a sealed container.
I made about 30 small pieces.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

4 thoughts on “Easy No-Cook Pastillas De Leche

  1. i used to make no-cook pastillas when i was in high school :D thanks for sharing this recipe, and reminding me that it’s really been a while since i last made these :D
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  2. I hope you’ll find it simple and the proportion gives you the right sweetness :-) A friend of mine just tried and suits her family.

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