Pastillas De Leche Recipe



  • 5 cups fresh milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar and ½ cup for dusting
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup full cream powdered milk (I used Nido)


  1. In a wide, nonstick skillet over low heat, combine milk and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cook, regularly stirring and scraping sides and bottom of pan, for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until milk is reduced and mixture turns into a thin paste.
  3. Add lime zest and stir to combine. Add butter and powdered milk and stir until smooth and well combined. Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to pull from sides of pan and turns into a soft dough.
  4. Transfer mixture into a lightly-oiled plate and allow to cool to touch.
  5. Divide mixture into about 40 portions and roll each portion into logs of about 1-inch long.
  6. Roll pastillas in sugar until fully coated. Wrap each piece in Japanese paper.

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