Sweet Pumpkin Dessert with Walnuts

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By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

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Here’s a striking, easy-to-make Turkish sweet called kabak tatlisi. The cooking method is fascinating: you macerate cubes of squash in sugar until they weep, cook the cubes at a low temperature, then gently cool, allowing the squash cubes to swell with the syrupy juices. It goes beautifully with walnuts and a cultured cream such as crème fraîche.

I suggest you use a tasty orange winter squash, such as butternut or hubbard, dense enough to hold its shape through the unique coo