Make candy from pumpkins? Really? You are no doubt wondering: Have we at FFF taken this whole “frugal” thing a little too far???Â I, too, was skeptical. But, for a pleasant surprise, read onÂ My Frugal Friends.
This is one of those “you’ll never guess the secret ingredient” recipes. Your guests will never guess that these little sweet squares that have a texture similar to caramels are actually made of pumpkin flesh. No, really. Put me to the test on these and try this recipe out.
Just cut pumpkin into little squares and then boil them in water and brown sugar and then roast in the oven and you will have a candy-like substance that will please even the pickiest sweet tooth!
With pumpkin so cheap and plentiful right now, this is a fabulous and frugal thing to do. Do try!
4 cups of peeled pumpkin flesh, cut in 1 inch squares
2 cups water
1 cup dark brown sugar
Combine the pumpkin and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes, until fork tender. Drain off water, reserving 1 1/2 cups of water. Set aside pumpkin. Add reserved water and brown sugar back to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Add pumpkin back in. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand overnight, 8 to 10 hours.
Return mixture to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Remove pumpkin and place on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 175 degrees for 5 to 6 hours, until firm and dry to touch. Remove from oven and roll pumpkin pieces in raw sugar if desired for presentation.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.
— posted by Donna