Doce de Abóbora: Sweet Pumpkin Compote

When we saw this photo, the bright orange jam made us sit up and stare. What was this intense orange stuff?

Turns out it's doce de abóbor - which is Portugese for sweet pumpkin. It's a traditional sweet found most commonly in Brazil, where sometimes it's made very firm and chewy like a candy, and other times soft like a preserve. It's often made with dried coconut, too.

This just sounds incredibly good to us - especially when we think of making it with butternut squash, as Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen did. We may try her recipe this week:

Butternut squash compote – doce de abóbora

Have you ever tried doce de abóbora? How about sweets and preserves made with other "vegetables"? One of our favorite desserts is the Indian carrot halwa - rich, milky khoya cooked with shredded carrots, spices, and raisins. It's so good!

We'll definitely let you know how it turns out. Who knows - it may go into our rotation of favorite jams.

Related: How To Cut a Pumpkin

(Image: Flickr member red betty black licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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