In the Antilles, these arepa di pampuna (pumpkin pancakes) are eaten as breakfast or snack. They are deliciously sweet and therefore ideal for children. In this way, the little ones get a large portion of vegetables, and therefore vitamins, before noon!
They can also be served as a side dish at dinner. Despite their sweet taste, they go perfectly with meat or fish. In that case, omit the sugar topping!
We have written the arepa di pampuna recipe for you, so that you can easily copy the pumpkin pancakes. Prefer to watch a video? Of course there is also a short instruction on film. This way you immediately see what you have to do in 50 seconds… very handy!
Recipe from our cookbook
The recipe for the arepa di pampuna can of course also be found in our cookbook 'The complete Antillean kitchenn'. Did you know that there are no less than 300 (!) recipes in that book from the kitchen of Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao?
It is the result of 7 years of research and we now finally dare to say that we have really “captured” Antillean cuisine in its entirety. Click on the image below to learn more about the book:
This recipe is for 4 people.
- 2 eggs
- 500 gram of pumpkin
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 100 ml milk (more if necessary)
- 200 gr flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- a pinch of salt
- (optional) 50 gr. raisins
For this recipe it is best to use a round orange pumpkin or butternut squash. You can find both pumpkins in the supermarket.
Preparation arepa di pampuna:
Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, peel and cut into small pieces. Then boil the pumpkin in water with a teaspoon of salt and mash the pulp with a fork or grind it with a food processor.
Add the other ingredients to the pumpkin and stir well until a thick batter is formed. Do you like raisins? Then add about 50 grams of raisins to the batter at this time.
The batter for the arepa di pampuna should resemble that of American pancakes, not Dutch pancakes! Is the batter too thick? Then add a little extra milk.
Then heat oil in a pan and fry 3 pancakes (1 large tablespoon of batter each) at a time until they are brown on both sides.
When the arepa di pampuna are eaten on their own, you can sprinkle them with some sugar. - Enjoy your meal!
Make video arepa di pampuna
Watch this short video to see how the arepa di pampuna are made:
Alternative spellings: repa di pampuna, reskoek, reskuk
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