Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza En Tacha)
- 3 pounds pumpkin fresh, sliced into 3x3 pieces
- 1 pound piloncillo or 1 cup packed regular dark brown sugar
- 6-7 cups water
- 2 sticks cinnamon about 3 inches each
- orange peel from 1 orange
Preparing candied pumpkin (calabaza en tacha), warm in a piloncillo (brown sugar) syrup takes me back to my abuela's kitchen. Back then, this recipe would be prepared in a large pressure cooker in no time! The tender pieces of pumpkin were served in a shallow bowl with warm piloncillo syrup ladled over the top, with just enough half and half or heavy cream to drizzle over the top.
To me, calabaza en tacha is a simple, rustic recipe that is right up there with the most gourmet and fancy dishes served at high-class restaurants. And the great thing about it is, it's so inexpensive to prepare! test
After your candied pumpkin has cooled, remove the rind and transfer to a deep skillet. Add some of the syrup and a little pumpkin pie spice seasoning. Cook on low until all of the liquid evaporates and pumpkin becomes very thick. Taste for brown sugar. This filling, once cooled, can be used to prepare pumpkin empanadas!