How to make Ube Pastillas
Ube Pastillas Recipe – The origin of Pastillas de leche, which is Spanish for “milk tablets”, is murky—some historians think the Spanish name was used to put a little insulares twist on a native favorite. Nevertheless, this delicious simple mixture of sugar and milk—traditionally carabao milk—is boiled down to a thickened paste and rolled in more sugar, before it is shaped and wrapped in colorful cellophane or papel de hapon. It can be made more granular or chewy in texture depending on your preference. This delightful piece of heaven is often attributed to the province of Bulacan, which is still the pastillas-making capital of the country.
Cow’s milk or evaporated milk are often substituted here, and these are chock-full of protein, calcium and vitamins C and D. If you choose to go traditional, carabao’s milk may have more fat and calories, but it has 58% more calcium and 43% protein than cow’s milk. Ube is a welcome addition to this sweet treat. Apart from giving it a lovely violet hue, adding ube imparts a rich taste and texture with almost no fat—and Ube has Vitamins A and C and potassium, which have antioxidant properties.
Who knew something that tastes so sinful could be so good for you?
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