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Guatemalan Sweet Pumpkin

Guatemalan Sweet Pumpkin or Ayote En Dulce, is a decadent and delicious, traditional Guatamalan dessert. It is like eating pumpkin pie without all the crust and fuss. It is soft, sweet, slightly spicy and melds all the best flavors of fall into one dish.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Guatemalan
Keyword cinnamon, pumpkin, spice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 1 Pie Pumpkin
  • 2 Piloncillo Sugar cones 6 oz each or 12 oz. brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Water


  • Wash the pumpkin throughly then cut in half and remove the seeds, leaving the skin on.
  • Cut into about 16 wedges and place in a large pot. Place the piloncillo sugar cones on top of the cut pumpkin.
  • Pour the water over the top of the sugar cones to help them begin to dissolve.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks or sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  • Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 40 more minutes or until pumpkin is very soft and ready to eat. When you poke the pumpkin with a fork it will feel soft.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of the sugar syrup and little bit of cream or top with ice cream for something extra special. Eat the pumpkin, leaving the skin behind.