Kabak Tatlisi – Turkish Pumpkin Dessert

We had this delicious dessert in Cannakale, Turkey on Christmas Day and enjoyed the candied consistency of the pumpkin.  It’s very easy to make and ends up with the appearance of baked apricots.

4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cubed (1 1/2 inches or 4 cm square)

2 cups sugar

juice of 1 large lemon

5 cloves

1/2 cup roughly crushed walnuts

Put the chopped pumpkin in a heavy pan with the sugar and leave to steep for 4 hours, or until the sugar has all dissolved.

Transfer the pan to the stove and add the cloves and lemon juice.

Simmer for at least 30 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender.

As the pieces of pumpkin start to darken, move them around to allow all to cook evenly.

The dish is cooked when all the pumpkin is tender and a deep orange colour.

Serve with the syrup and crushed walnuts.

More Recipes for Sweet  Things

Girdle Scones

Maida’s Fruit Cake

Chocolate Boysenberry Muffins

Hunter Gatherers’ Shortcake – Apple and Blackberry Shortcake

Autumn Blackberry Muffins

Apple Pie

Baked Apples with Ginger


Oaty Scones

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