The Yummy Turkish Candied Pumpkin Dessert You will Love!

Here today, we are standing before you with an unusual flavor Turkish recipe: Turkish candied Pumpkin dessert. (Here is a selection of our other articles on Turkish desserts). So, here is a very delicious recipe from Turkey that will make you travel into the world of sweetness. Now, get ready you all and forget everything you know about the same old pumpkin recipes.

Turkish candied pumpkin dessert, commonly famous as “Kabak Tatlısı” is not only simple to prepare. It’s also fancy enough for company. It’s a great way to get the full flavor of pumpkin your whole family will love. And what’s more, you won’t get extra calories and carbs of pie crust.

Candied Pumpkin dessert is delicious and easy-to-make. (Image Credit-Pratik Yemek Tarifleri)
Candied Pumpkin dessert is delicious and easy-to-make. (Image Credit-Pratik Yemek Tarifleri)

It’s perfect when you have extra pumpkin around. Be brave and try this recipe during the holidays in the place of pumpkin pie. So, remember that you’ll never go back after trying this recipe!


  • 2.5 pounds/1 kilogram pumpkin (fresh, trimmed)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • Garnish: crushed walnuts
  • Garnish: Turkish “kaymak” or clotted cream
Turkish Candied Pumpkin is a fresh and delicious dessert.
Turkish Candied Pumpkin is a fresh and delicious dessert.

How to Make Turkish Candied Pumpkin Dessert?

1- First of all, the most difficult part of this recipe is the first step―trimming your pumpkin. To begin, cut the top off your pumpkin like a small-cap. In the same fashion, cut off the stem at the very bottom.

2- Afterwards, using a sturdy, sharp carving knife, cut the pumpkin from top to bottom making slivers about 2 inches wide at the center.

3- Later, clean out the seeds and soft middle portions and cut off the outer skin of each sliver. Now you should have several crescent-shaped slivers of pumpkin.

4- Depending on their length, cut each sliver into two or three pieces. Your goal should be pieces three to four inches long.

5- Line the bottom of a large, shallow covered skillet or saucepan with the pumpkin.

6- Pour the sugar evenly over the top. Sprinkle the pinch of salt over the top, add the cinnamon sticks, and cover the pan. Let the pan rest overnight.

Yummy Turkish Candied Pumpkin Dessert. (Image
Yummy Turkish Candied Pumpkin Dessert. (Image

Rest of the Steps

7- The next morning, you’ll see that the pumpkin has released all its juices. The pumpkin pieces should be nearly covered in their own juice. There should be no need to add any extra water.

8- Place the plan still covered on the stove and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat.

9- Let the pumpkin simmer until it becomes very soft and translucent and the juice and sugar are reduced to a thick, syrupy consistency. This can take from one to even two hours. Check the pan frequently to prevent the sugar from burning.

10- Once the pumpkin is “candied,” let it cool down in the pan for several minutes. Remove the pieces gently and arrange them on your serving platter.

11- Discard the cinnamon sticks. Drizzle the extra syrup over the top and refrigerate for several hours.

12- Just before serving, garnish your pumpkin pieces with crushed walnuts and a dollop of Turkish ‘kaymak,’ or clotted cream.

13- If you want to spice up your candied pumpkin, you can add whole cloves, cardamom, pieces of ginger and nutmeg to the juice along with the cinnamon sticks before cooking.


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