Pumpkin Walnut Fudge

4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in bits
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with lightly buttered waxed paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a 4 quart heavy saucepan combine sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin
    and salt. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers
    238*F (115*C).
  3. Remove the pan from heat. Add butter. Do not stir. Let sit, undisturbed until the pan can be comfortably handled (about 110*F - 45*C).
  4. Add vanilla and walnuts. Beat mixture with a wooden spoon until it begins to lose its gloss. Spread in prepared pan. Cool completely at room temperature. Invert pan, peel off paper and cut into 1-inch squares. Store covered, in cool place.

Makes about 2 1/2 pounds candy.

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