Dulces De Calabasas (Mexican Pumpkin Candy)
photo by Swirling F.
- Ready In:
- 20hrs 30mins
- Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds and as much of the "stringy stuff" as you can, and chop into pieces approximately 1-1.5 inches by 1.5-2.5 inches.
- Slice off skin, taking off as little flesh as you can.
- Measure to make sure you have approximately one quart of pumpkin pieces (either pack well into a measuring cup or fill a calibrated 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon measure to the quart line and drop in pieces until water hits the 1/2 gallon line, then drain water.).
- Put in a fairly heavy saucepan and cover with water.
- Cover, bring to a boil, and boil for 15-20 minutes.
- Drain, but save water, and place pumpkin back in pan.
- Measure water to make sure you have about 1 1/2 cups.
- Stir in packed brown sugar until smooth. Add cloves and/or cinnamon at this point, if desired.
- Pour the sugar/water syrup over the pumpkin, cover, return to a boil, and boil another 15 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let sit overnight (at least 8 hours.) This is how the pumpkin soaks up the syrup and "candies".
- In the morning (or after the 8-10 hours), return to a boil, and boil an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from syrup with a slotted spoon and place on a tray or cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
- Allow to dry at least 10-12 hours in a place where it will not be disturbed (if you're not going to be using the oven and haven't had it on recently, the cold oven is a great place to keep it safe.).
- Roll in granulated sugar and enjoy! Place in air-tight container to store up to two weeks.
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I 'loved it', but I must have done something wrong. I didn't get the Dulce de Calabaza from the little Mexican grocery store of my youth. I turned a medium sized pumpkin into a handful of pumpkin raisins. They were delicious pumpkin raisins, but not quite what I was going for. I think that I didn't candy them long enough. Some recipes seem to call for a presoak in quicklime (to keep the pumpkin firm?). I will try again.