• 2 Cups of mashed squash
  • 1 Can condensed milk
  • 1 Can evaporated milk
  • 1 Teaspoon lime rind
  • 1/2 Cup sugar

Pumpkin or squash cake is a traditional sweet dessert, often eaten especially during the  all saints day in the Philippines. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and featured also at Halloween. The cake consists of a milk, sugar and squash or pumpkin.

Cooking Directions :

  1. Add 1 lbs. of peeled cubed sweet squash into the water and  boil until they’re soft all the way through, which should take about 15-20 minute.
  2. Let the squash cool until you can handle them. Smashed the flesh with potato smasher or 2 pieces of fork. Use a food processor, if you prefer.
  3. In a deep panl. Add 1 can of evaporated milk and 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir well until sugar completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the condensed milk and add the mashed squash, Mix the squash and other ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Add lemon rind, simmer in medium heat.
  5. Stir the contents of the pan gently but continuously. Keep going until the halayang kalabasa absorbs all the liquids, separates from the pan and becomes a thick, somewhat sticky paste.
  6. Coat the bottom of a shallow dish or llanera with a non-stick cooking spray or small amount of melted butter or margarine.

Cooking Tips :

  • Place the halayang kalabasa in the dish and store in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Coconut milk can be a substitute for evaporated milk.
Watch the Halayang Kalabasa video:
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