Calabaza en Tacha
Calabaza en Tacha or candied pumpkin or simply Tacha is a traditional food served for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead.)
Fresh slices of pumpkin are cooked in rich caramel sauce made from brown sugar and piloncillo until tender, while taking on a rich brown glaze infused with canela, anise and cloves.
Serve warm from the oven, drizzled with extra caramel sauce for a tantalizing taste of Fall.
- 1 pumpkin (about 5lbs)
- 2lb brown sugar
- 2lb piloncillo
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 anise star
- 10 cloves
- ½ gallon water
- For the caramel
- In a pot add the water, cloves, anise star, cinnamon stick, piloncillo. Bring to a boil, reduce heat; cook until liquid is reduced by half.
- Prepare the Pumpkin:
- Wash outer skin, cut in 6 to 8 pieces; remove seeds and cut into slices.
- Preheat oven to 325 degree
- In a roasting pan bake pumpkin with caramel, for approximately 1hr until pumpkin is tender, you will need to baste every 15min.
- Serve warm with caramel.
recipe adapted from Chef Johnny Hernandez