You should try this delicious pumpkin candy recipe. This is a nice treat for those who love pumpkins. An acorn squash can be used since they have the same taste. Pumkin has an atractive color though. The above candy was made last Thanksgiving.
1 quart pumpkin meat; fresh cut into 1-by-1-1/2-inch pieces
2-1/2 cups water
1 cup brown or maple sugar
1 cup granulated maple or raw sugar
Place the cubed pumpkin in a saucepan and cover it with water, about 2 to 2-1/2 cups. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, until the pumpkin is just tender. Remove the pumpkin with a slotted spoon. There should be about 1-1/2 cups of liquid remaining.
Add the brown or maple sugar and dissolve over low heat. Place the pumpkin pieces back in the pan and bring slowly back to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let the pumpkin pieces stand in the syrup overnight.
The next day, bring the mixture back to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pumpkin pieces from the syrup and spread them out on a wire rack so the pieces are not touching one another. Let them stand in a warm place or in a 140-degree oven for 3 to 4 hours to dry. Roll each piece in the maple or raw sugar, and store them in a dry, cool place. Do not stack or crowd the candy together.
Yield: 2 pounds