Pumpkin is one of the best blessings of the winter season. Rich in minerals and beta carotene, which is known to be one of the best antioxidants, pumpkin is also a good source of fibre, which is essential for digestive health. It is a good source of vitamin A and the fact that it is relatively low in calories makes it a very favorable ingredient. Well ok, making Turkish style candied dessert out of it does increase the calories of course! But you know, we all need some extra energy in the winter don’t we now? Speaking of energy, why don’t we totally indulge in this luscious dessert and drench it in some tahini sauce while we’re at it? Naturally, you can always decrease the amount of sugar in this recipe by at least 50 gr or even more if you want, but please note that the sugar-pumpkin ratio I use is considered low by many! In any case, once you start cooking this dessert you will gradually find the best ratio to please your own preferences. 


  • 1 kg pumpkin, peeled and washed
  • 250 gr caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Walnuts, to serve on top
For tahini sauce
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
  • 50 ml milk
  • Some water

Step by step method

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  1. Cut pumpkin into equal sized chunks as far as possible and place them in a large based pan with a lid in a single layer if possible.
  2. Add the sugar with a pinch of salt. Place lid on and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, then over low heat for another 20-25 minutes.  NOTE:I prefer to cook my pumpkin dessert without adding any water. Sometimes I even take the lid off during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking time to help reduce the liquid amount. If you prefer to obtain a more syrupy consistency you can add about 50 ml of water along with the sugar and not open the lid at all.

  3. Once cooked, leave the pumpkin to cool in the pan. Meanwhile prepare tahini sauce.
  4. Put tahini and sugar in a bowl and mix. Then gradually add the milk and mix well with a small whisk or a fork. Don’t panick if the tahini becomes clotted. Dilute by adding some water in small amounts until you obtain a smooth creamy consistency. If you have lumps in the mixture just pass it through a sieve. You can keep this sauce in the refrigerator in a covered container and take it out a few minutes in advance to let it soften up at room temperature.
  5. To serve, you can either pour some tahini sauce on the plate and place the pumpkin on top of it or place the pumpkin chunks in a serving plate and drizzle some sauce on top. Whichever way you choose to serve make sure to serve your dessert with a generous sprinkling of chooped walnuts.

Bon Appétit!