how to make Turkish style pumpkin dessert kayak tatli

The secret to this Turkish-style Pumpkin Dessert is the method. The pumpkin is covered in sugar crystal and left in a container overnight.

The next morning, the pumpkin releases all its juices leaving a fragrant sugar syrup behind. Lastly, it is baked until fork-tender and topped with crunchy pecans.

What you will need:

› A baking dish

› 1 lbs of fresh pumpkin, cut into moon shapes

› 2 Cups of Sugar

› Any type of nut ( I used pecans 🙂 )

Different Toppings to Choose from:

› Walnuts

› Pistachios

› Hazelnuts

› Shredded coconut

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how to make Turkish style pumpkin dessert kayak tatli

Turkish-Style Pumpkin Dessert (kabak tatlisi)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 fresh kabocha pumpkin, seeded, skin removed and sliced into moon shapes (( can use any other small pumpkin))
  • 2 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt


  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. After, removing the skin, seeds, and cutting the squash into moon shapes, place it into a baking dish.
  2. Completely cover the pumpkin with all the sugar and pinch of salt.
  3. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil and store overnight on a countertop or inside a cupboard. No refrigeration is necessary.
  4. The next day, place the baking dish into a preheated oven set at 350 °F and bake for 1 hour. The pumpkin is ready when it can be pierced with a fork.
  5. Once cooled, serve with crushed nuts or coconut and an extra drizzle of the pumpkin syrup left behind.
  6. Enjoy!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Turkish