This vegetable is more comparable to a big fluffy squash than the typical pumpkin used for Halloween.
Giraumon is the name you will hear in French at the market in Guadeloupe Islands.
Giraumon is good for its taste, consistence and cheerful color!
So don’t be surprised if you see ”Giraumonade” as a side dish in the menus at the restaurant.
You can buy some seeds in Guadeloupe Islands and easily make it grow in your garden back home.
Here is a classic Caribbean recipe with Pumpkin. It’s quite unusual for a dessert since it’s a veggie and gluten-free for the Glutenistas!
Caribbean Pumpkin Flan (another flan 🙂 🙂 )
- 500 g of Giraumon (2 big slices from the market)
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 can Evaporated milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar for the caramel coating
- Fresh grated lime, cinnamon & nutmeg (about 1/2 Tsp of each)
- Aged Rum (2 Tbsp or measure 1 or 2 bottle caps :))
- 1/2 Tsp of salt
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
In the blender combine milks, egg yolks and rum until smooth.
In a separate baking bowl beat the white eggs with the salt and 1/2 Tsp grated lime. The white eggs are ready when the mixture turned solid, you can reverse the bowl to check :).
Prepare a liquid caramel in a saucepan in which you put the brown sugar.
Baste progressively with water when the sugar start to melt and become golden brown, don’t burn it!!
Add the white eggs to the blender mixture and gently fluff up the mixture.
Add the spices (lime, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla).
Put the mixture in a glass pan and place it in water bathing in the oven during 1 hour (Bain-Marie).
to enjoy your flan serve it cooled.
Law & Jey