Concerba de Calabaza
Salvadoran Recipe

This Salvadoran dessert is easy to make and taste a bit like pumpkin pie. Concerba de Calabaza is traditionally prepared in a clay pot, but any pot in your kitchen will do the trick and achieve a deliciously familiar treat.

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Serves 4 cups
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
4  cups zucchini, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
1 1-pound dulce de atado, chipped into small pieces
1 cup whole milk, room temperature




  1. Pour water in a pot and add the salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add zucchini and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Once the zucchini is cooked, add the milk and dulce de atado and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Reduce the heat and maintain a medium simmer.
  7. Cook until the mixture reduces to a thick, pudding-like consistency.
  8. Cool to room temperature and serve.
Preparation Time: 
Approximately 30 minutes, plus cooling time