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Calabaza en Tacha

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Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 1 hour

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Serves 11


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  • 1 each pumpkin (or other winter squash)


  • 10 each cloves – whole
  • 2 each anise star
  • 1 each cinnamon stick
  • 2 pounds piloncillo (substitute dark brown sugar and molasses)
  • ½ gallon water
  • 2 pounds brown sugar


  1. For Caramel: In a pot add the water, cloves, anise star, cinnamon stick, and piloncillo. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until liquid is reduced by half.

  2. Prepare Pumpkin: Wash outer skin.

  3. Cut into 6-8 pieces.

  4. Remove the seeds and cut into slices.

  5. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  6. In a roasting pan, bake pumpkin with caramel, for approximately 1 hour until pumpkin is tender.

  7. Continue to baste every 15 minutes.

  8. Serve warm with caramel.

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