It’s summer time here in the US, and whenever we’re at home, my daughters and I love spending time in the kitchen… baking cakes and cookies, making shakes, ice cream, ice candy and some other yummy treats. This Pastillas De Leche con Casuy is one of those no-cook desserts that my daughters and I enjoy making together.
Pastillas De Leche are milk candies which are traditionally made from carabao’s milk. Carabao which is the Philippine’s national animal is also known as water buffalo and is the farm animal of choice for pulling both a plow and the cart used to haul produce to the market. Carabao’s milk which is richer, creamier and contains protein, fat, lactose, vitamins and minerals is what gives Pastillas De Leche that melt-in-your-mouth goodness. It is simmered with sugar under low heat until thick, rolled into small cylinders then coated with sugar and then wrapped in cellophane or Japanese paper.
Because carabao’s milk is unavailable here in my side of the world, this version that I am sharing with you today makes use of condensed milk and powdered milk instead. It may differ a little in taste, but I assure you that you will love it! There’s also no cooking involved in this one so what could be better than that?
Try making these easy peasy treats with your kids… I’m pretty sure you’ll all have a good time and will be pleased with how delicious the result will be!
- 1 can condensed milk
- 2 cups powdered milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coarsely chopped cashew nuts(you can also use other nuts like peanuts, almonds and pecans)
- ¼ cup sugar, for coating
- In a bowl, mix condensed milk, powdered milk and vanilla extract until well combined. Fold in cashew nuts.
- Scoop about 1 Tbsp of mixture and shape into a small cylinder. Roll in sugar until completely coated.
- Wrap in parchment paper and then in Japanese paper. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all of the mixture has been used up.
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