This traditional Mexican pumpkin dessert or sweet filling is prepared in October and is part of the offerings for the altars of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead celebration), originally cooked in the “piloncilleros” jars (glass jars, you could use mason jars). This recipe came from the book “Las Senadoras suelen guisar” published 1964.
Ingredients for the Calabaza in Tacha or Piloncillo
- 1 medium-sized, pumpkin squash also known as Castilla squash or West Indian pumpkin
- 3 oranges
- 1/2kg of sweet potato
- 2 pieces of sugar cane
- 3 kg of piloncillo also called Panela or Brown Sugar blocks
- 100 grams of all spice
- 3 pieces of cloves
- 5 big Fig leaves
In a clay pot or crockpot add half a cup of water; at the bottom put the cane, cutted in the form of grids, the pumpkin previously washed and divided into pieces, the piloncillo also divided, the tejocotes, the oranges peeled and in slices. Then inside a piece of cloth or in tea bags put the crushed pepper and cloves and tie it tightly to add it to the pot.
Cover the fruit with the fig leaves and let everything boil until the fruit is cooked and the honey thickens.
Serve with sour cream and cafe de olla. If you want to build your own Day of the Dead altar don´t forget to put a clay dish with a little bit of this calabaza en tacha.
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