Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Two recipes

We celebrated our 15th anniversary on August 6th and when I looked at this picture I thought I'd share two recipes. Pumpkin compote (Doce de abóbora) and Fig compote (Doce de figo).

Compotes are very popular all over Brazil. Fruit compotes are made with pieces of fruits cooked on low heat in a thick syrup with spices, usually cloves and cinnamon sticks or even orange peels. You can smash the fruits at the end or not.

Serve compotes warm or chilled, with whipped cream or farmer's cheese. As you see they are easy to make and are very versatile.
Butternut squash compote
2 pounds (1kg) sweet butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (2.5 cm)
2 cups white sugar

1 cinnamon stick
6-8 whole cloves
3 cups water

1) Over medium heat cook sugar in water with cinnamon sticks and cloves until it becomes a thick syrup.

2) Add the pumpkin cubes and cook until the squash is soft and tender, watch it as the pumpkin needs to be tender, but not breaking down into a mush. Serve warm or cold, plain, with whipped cream or soft cheeses, like farmer's cheese.

Green fig compote
2 pounds (1 kg) fresh green figs
2 cups sugar
3 cups water
6-8 whole cloves

1) Wash figs in warm water, lightly rub each one with a cloth. Cut into 4 wedges and let the edges attached. Boil in hot water for one minute.

2) Over medium heat, cook sugar in water with cloves until it becomes a thick syrup. Add figs and cook until they are soft. Serve with whipped cream or plain.


Cheffie-Mom said...

Sounds delicious and the photos are wonderful! Thank you!

Tangled Noodle said...

Olá, Cris!

I hope you are doing well and congratulations on your 15th anniversary! These recipes look wonderful, especially the butternut squash compote. I've had it as a soup and roasted for a side dish but this would be the first time trying it as a sweet dish. As for figs, I just wish I could get fresh green figs like these.

Both look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more. Your compote looks and sounds delicious.


Abby said...

Congrats (a little belated!) What great-sounding recipes. I love the idea of serving it with whipped cream! So elegant.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Happy Anniversary (early!). Here's to many more years of happiness! :)

These compotes look so good! I have never had a pumpkin or butternut squash version, but I bet it is wonderful!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Oh NO! I am LATE!!!! I saw 15 and then somehow thought you said it was the 15th...duh! Sorry...