Clove and cardamom frozen pumpkin, tahini and candied nuts

Published on January 1 2010.

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Ingredients

      Pumpkin

  •   1 Japanese pumpkin
  •   600 g sugar
  •   600 g water
  •   10 cloves
  •   8 smashed cardamom pods
  •   2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  •   tahini

 

      Candied walnuts

  •   200 g walnuts
  •   150 g sugar
  •   50 ml dark rum

Method

Pumpkin
Skin and deseed pumpkin, keeping the two sides intact. Prepare a stock syrup with the remaining ingredients.
Bring this to the boil, then place the pumpkin in until soft but still holding shape. Remove this from the heat and transfer into a large container,placing in the fridge to chill, covering the pumpkin with the syrup. Soak for at least 24 hours to allow the pumpkin to take on the flavour of the syrup.

After 24 hours take the pumpkin out of the syrup and place in the freezer until solid. When ready to serve place plates in the freezer for ten minutes prior to serving. Shave the pumpkin with a sharp knife and place on frozen plate as desired.

Drizzle with tahini* and sprinkle with the candied walnuts (violets can also be added for garnish if desired).


Candied walnuts
Chop walnut into small pieces. Place a wide based pot on the heat and warm the nuts. Add in half the sugar and stir through the nuts. As this starts to caramelise, add in the rest of the sugar. Once the nuts are coated and the sugar is a nice golden colour, add in the rum (being cautious as the steam is hot). Mix in the rum until the nuts are fairly loose and not clumped together. Place on silicone pare and allow to cool down and crisp up.


Once cold, place in an air tight container and use when needed.