Recipe of arnadí, the Valencian sweet made with pumpkin

This sweet of Arab origin is very typical of the area of Xàtiva and surroundings.

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The sweet recipe book of Spanish gastronomy is very broad, varied but, above all, delicious. One example is arnadí, a traditional dessert from the Valencian Community, specifically from the area of Xàtiva, which has Arab origin and its main ingredient is pumpkin. In addition, pine nuts and almonds give it a crunchy touch. And the best of all is that it is prepared in a very simple way. We leave you the step by step recipe of arnadi so you can prepare it at home.

Arnadí recipe


  • A pumpkin of 1.5-2
  • 800 g sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 250 g ground almonds
  • 50 g pine nuts and almonds (all peeled)
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • Powdered cinnamon
Receta de arnadí


  • Preheat the oven to 200 ºC and bake the pumpkin for 1 hour (you can also boil it).
  • Then mash the pumpkin pulp. Put it in a cloth bag and leave it overnight to drain naturally.
  • After that time, mix the pulp with the sugar, the beaten egg yolks and also add the ground almonds, the cinnamon and the grated lemon rind.
  • Meanwhile, put it all in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, while stirring to integrate everything (and pouring the ingredients).
  • Let it rest and form a kind of pyramids. Place them in earthenware dishes and sprinkle with pine nuts and almonds (you can toast them before).
  • Preheat the oven again, this time to about 150 ºC and bake for a few minutes until the dough is golden brown. You can sprinkle with sugar.