How to Make Ube Pastillas: A Filipino-Inspired Delicacy With a Twist

Updated on December 7, 2019
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Learn how to make ube pastillas
Learn how to make ube pastillas | Source

Pastillas are a famous Filipino sweet milk-based treat. Traditionally, the recipe calls for fresh milk, but nowadays powdered milk is commonly used.

Pastillas come in many different flavors. In this recipe, I used ube condensed milk in order to achieve ube-flavored pastillas. Ube, or purple yam, is a common Southeast Asian root vegetable that is frequently added to Filipino desserts.

Ingredients for ube pastillas
Ingredients for ube pastillas | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Approx. 27 pastillas

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup ube condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • oil, for greasing

Utensils

  • measuring cups
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 small bowl
  • spoon
  • plate or container

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix powdered milk and ube condensed milk until well blended.
  2. Start molding pastillas using a chocolate molder.
  3. Oil the palms of your hands, as well as the chocolate molder, to easily mold the pastillas mixture.
  4. Fill each cavity of the molder with the pastillas mixture. Let them sit for a couple of minutes to hold their shape. Then release them from the molder.
  5. Coat the ube pastillas with white sugar. Arrange them on a plate.
Ube pastillas
Ube pastillas | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Store pastillas in an airtight container or wrap them with foil or plastic wrap.
  2. If you do not have a chocolate molder, use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to achieve the right measurement. Roll the mixture into balls using your hands.
  3. When handling the pastillas mixture, apply oil to your hands and to the molder in order to prevent sticking.

Ube Pastillas Video Tutorial

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        4 months ago from California

        Hi Pamela,

        This is really my favorite.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I never heard of this desert but it looks and sounds good. Thanks for a new idea.

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