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Candied Pumpkin

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 8
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Ingredients

1
(4-5 lb) pumpkin
1
cup water
2
(1 lb) piloncillo cones (an unrefined cone of brown sugar)
1
cinnamon stick
1/4
teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
523.0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4.6g
7%
Saturated Fat
0.8g
4%
Sodium
414.4mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
112.2g
37%
Dietary Fiber
3.4g
14%
Sugars
36.1g
Protein
11.5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
38.30%
38%
Calcium
10.80%
11%
Iron
39.40%
39%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

If you have any leftover pumpkin, prepare pumpkin empanadas, bread or hotcakes.

Directions

  • 1 Carefully cut the pumpkin in half, vertically. With a spoon, remove the seeds and threads. Cut the pumpkin into 3-4 inch pieces.
  • 2 Prepare the syrup, heating the cup of water, piloncillo, cinnamon and salt in a large pot over low heat. Cover and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the piloncillo has dissolved completely.
  • 3 Add the pieces of pumpkin, skin-side down, to the syrup. Cover and continue cooking over low heat for 30-45 minutes, occasionally coating the pieces with the syrup, until the pumpkin is completely cooked. Let cool slightly.
  • 4 Arrange 2-3 pieces of pumpkin on a plate, per serving, and coat with the remaining syrup. Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall, both in terms of autumn decorating and as a main ingredient in a number of dishes and seasonal desserts. In Mexico, the most popular dish that incorporates pumpkin is a traditional dulce known as calabaza en tacha: soft pieces of pumpkin coated in a kind of brown sugar and cinnamon syrup. Traditionally, candied pumpkin is prepared in large quantities in clay pots for special occasions such as the posadas navideñas and for the celebration of the Día de los Muertos. With this super easy recipe you can now prepare calabaza en tacha at home so your entire family can enjoy this delicacy of Mexican cuisine.

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Leslie Limon Leslie Limon
September 20, 2016

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall, both in terms of autumn decorating and as a main ingredient in a number of dishes and seasonal desserts. In Mexico, the most popular dish that incorporates pumpkin is a traditional dulce known as calabaza en tacha: soft pieces of pumpkin coated in a kind of brown sugar and cinnamon syrup. Traditionally, candied pumpkin is prepared in large quantities in clay pots for special occasions such as the posadas navideñas and for the celebration of the Día de los Muertos. With this super easy recipe you can now prepare calabaza en tacha at home so your entire family can enjoy this delicacy of Mexican cuisine.