Friday, October 19, 2012

Pastillas de Leche con Langka (Jackfruit)

Last night I was watching Sweet Genius.
I always salivate with all the creations they make
and wish I am at least half as creative as this talented contestants.
I kinda giggled when I saw the mystery ingredient thrown in last night.
Or Langka as we know it in the Philippines
The 2 competitors left, thought it had a funny smell.
For us used to it,
we find that the Jackfruit has a sweet delicate flower smell to it.
The smell to some is a cross between a pineapple and a banana.
You can get the fresh fruit
at any Asian Markets when it's in season,
usually summer time.
It comes frozen and canned as well.
We love it as a snack, fresh or dried.
We sometimes add it to desserts such as Halo-Halo, a shaved ice dessert
and to Turon, a banana wrapped in egg roll wrapper rolled in brown sugar and deep fried.
Believe me when I say ... It's delicious it is Delicious!
Another sweet we grew up eating and buying from the corner store
or from classmates selling it in our class is Pastillas de Leche.
Yes, I had classmates that come to school selling candies and desserts.
I thought it was fabulous, no need to go far, and yes the school allowed it.
Pastillas de Leche
is the poor man's candy in the Philippines.
A simple delicious creamy candy made from 2 types of milk.
Powdered milk and Condensed milk in tablet shape and rolled in sugar. 
Sometimes flavored with Langka (Jackfruit), Pandan, coconut, mango,
and Ube(Purple Yam).
So let me share with you one of my childhood favorites
Pastillas de Leche con Langka also known as Pastillas de Nangka,
which I now enjoy making with my daughter.
3 cups powdered Milk (I used Nido)
1 can condensed Milk
1/2 cup Jackfruit, finely chopped, drained
1/2 - 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add condensed milk in a large bowl.

  • Mix in the chopped Jackfruit.
  • Gradually mix in the powdered milk.
  • Form in a cylindrical shape, just like a large tablet.
  • Roll in sugar
  • And individually wrap in plastic cellophane wraps cut in about 3 x 3 inch squares.
In this recipe I used a canned Jackfruit since it is out of season now.
Make sure you drain all juices out especially after you chopped it.
What works for me is after chopping jackfruit, transfer to a paper towel and dry.


  1. I love Pastillas de Nangka!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, now I don't have to wait to go to New York to get it.

    1. I'm so glad I saved you a trip to NY.
      But hey, going to NY for Pastillas is always a great excuse.

  2. how long does Pastillas de langka will last in room temperature and fridge? Thank you for a yummie recipe :)


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