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Pumpkin in Syrup (Calabaza en Tacha o Almíbar)

pumpkin in syrup (calabaza en tacha o almíbar) Dessert Mexican
Pumpkin in Syrup (Calabaza en Tacha o Almíbar)
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 8

In the fall months sometimes it seems like pumpkins are everywhere! From October through November it is easy to find fresh pumpkins that can be used not only as Halloween decorations or for pumpkin carvings, but also for preparing delicious “calabaza en tacha” or pumpkin in syrup. What a great way to celebrate the holidays and Thanksgiving. My mom used to cook this recipe for us every year. Now I’m happy to share this family tradition with you. Let’s cook! MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
small pumpkin (around 3 lbs or less)
3
cinnamon sticks
4
nuggets of sugar on the raw or brown sugar (piloncillo or panela)*
1/2
cup of water

Directions

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    Cut pumpkin in quarts, place inside a big Dutch oven and stir in the “piloncillo”, cinnamon and water. Cook for about 20 to 30 minutes at low flame; covered.
  • 2
    This cooked pumpkin is basic for other desserts and beverages; can be eaten alone or with vanilla ice cream, as well as used for mashed pumpkin side dish, pumpkin pie or pumpkin butter spread.

Expert Tips

  • Use a big pan and cover while cooking. Do not add more water than the amount recommended. Make sure to use piloncillo or panela. For better results, keep refrigerated and store in a proper container with a sealing lid to enjoy for several days.
  • *You can find piloncillo or panela at your local Latino grocery store.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe
  • In the fall months sometimes it seems like pumpkins are everywhere! From October through November it is easy to find fresh pumpkins that can be used not only as Halloween decorations or for pumpkin carvings, but also for preparing delicious “calabaza en tacha” or pumpkin in syrup. What a great way to celebrate the holidays and Thanksgiving. My mom used to cook this recipe for us every year. Now I’m happy to share this family tradition with you. Let’s cook!

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