Candied Pumpkin Slices

5 dozen

This recipe works best with firm orange-skinned pumpkins, such as 'Cheese' or 'Small Sugar Pie.'


  • 1 ½ pound pumpkin, peeled and seeded

  • 3 cups sugar

  • Zest of 2 limes, cut into very thin strips


  1. Cut the pumpkin into wedges about 3 to 4 inches wide. Cut across wedges to form slices about 1/4 inch wide; set aside.

  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, lemon juice, and zest in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin pieces; stir until well coated. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.

  3. Transfer mixture to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until pumpkin is translucent and sugar has formed a light-amber-colored caramel, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.

  4. Remove pumpkin from caramel with a slotted spoon, and dry on a rack set over a cookie sheet for at least 12 hours, turning the pumpkin pieces once or twice.

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