How to Make Three-Ingredient Pastillas: A Filipino-Inspired Delicacy

Updated on August 27, 2019
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I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.

how to make three-ingredient pastillas: a Filipino-inspired delicacy
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Pastillas, or pastillas de leche, comes from the Spanish for "milk pills." Despite the origin of its name, this famous delicacy originated in the Philippines.

Traditionally, pastillas are made from the milk of a carabao, which is the native Filipino water buffalo. The milk is combined with butter and sugar and then cooked thoroughly to form a paste. Continuous stirring is required to avoid scorching.

I actually used other pastillas ingredients in this recipe. Since I did not have fresh carabao milk in my refrigerator, I decided to try using powdered milk instead. The result turned out well, so I'd like to share my technique with my readers. I imagine that fresh carabao milk may be hard to find in many parts of the world, but by using powdered milk, you can enjoy this Filipino delicacy in your own home.

pastillas ingredients
pastillas ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Oil, for molding
utensils for making pastillas
utensils for making pastillas | Source

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 medium bowl
  • spatula
  • measuring cups
  • plate

For Molding and Packaging Homemade Pastillas:

  • teaspoon
  • container or sealed plastic or cellophane wrap

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 30 pieces

Three-Ingredient Pastillas Step-by-Step Procedure

Instructions

  1. Mix powdered milk and condensed milk in a bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour or until the mixture becomes firm.
  3. Once set, remove the bowl from the refrigerator.
  4. Oil palm of your hands to easily roll the mixture.
  5. Start molding pastillas using a teaspoon. Roll into balls or cylindrical shapes.
  6. Coat the pastillas with sugar. Arrange them on a plate.
  7. Chill again for 1 hour or more before serving.

Finished Product

no-cook homemade pastillas recipe
no-cook homemade pastillas recipe | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use any brand of powdered milk.
  2. Replace milk with chocolate powder if desired.
  3. Add any extracts or essence you prefer; e.g., mango, banana, pineapple, etc.
  4. Make sure the mixture is sufficiently chilled. This will make the dough easier to shape.

Questions & Answers

  • How can I store these pastillas and for how long?

    I usually store mine inside the refrigerator for two weeks up to months. If you are living in countries that have cold weather, you may keep it in cold area of your house. It's similar on how supermarkets store it on their shelves. This recipe is preservative free so proper storage is necessary so that the milk won't get spoiled.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      12 months ago from California

      Hi Liz,

      I used powdered milk in here so you don't really need to use any liquid milks. Try it! You will love it for sure!

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      I think I might struggle to get carabao milk in the UK. But I am wondering whether I could experiment with other milk.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      12 months ago from California

      Hello Mary,

      I love eating pastillas as well. I enjoy any flavor of it. This recipe is not the traditional way of making one but the taste is the same.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      As a child, I love eating pastillas.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      12 months ago from California

      Hi Renee21,

      They originated in the Philippines during Spanish colonization. It's the reason why people back then used a Spanish term to name the dish.

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      Tori Leumas 

      12 months ago

      This looks interesting. I've never heard of pastillas before. Where do they originate?

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