May 15, 2008


I think if you were to take a good look at how I spend my money, you’d notice that a good amount goes straight into magazines. At the beginning of each month I look through the press and after ten minutes my hands are loaded with plenty of glossy covers filled with pages I anxiously look forward to flip through. I mainly end up with the big two Fs: Fashion and Food, in French and International. The funny thing with the food magazines however is that I’m not really sure why I buy them as I never try out any of the published recipes. I just enjoy looking at the photos and reading the special culinary reports.

Anyway so the other day as I was organizing my food magazines, I was re-looking through one of my Saveurs editions which included a special feature on avocados. One of the recipes captured my attention- Doce de Abacate. The ingredients could be counted on one hand, it was nothing fussy or complicated, but it really intrigued me as it presented an original way to enjoy the sweeter sides of avocado. After having made it and after my first taste, I realized that my curiosity was well worth it. I tried it on it’s own and then with coconut cookies (as suggested by Saveurs) and only good adjectives came to my mind: delightful, delicious and refreshing! It was so worth it, and I recommend any curious cats out there to try it out as well!

A sweet creamy twirl composed mainly of avocado & limes

Recipe for Doce de Abacate

2 avocados
6 limes (juice of)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cassonade (brown sugar)

Peel the avocados and place in a mixer with the lime juice and sugar until texture becomes creamy. Once that’s done, place in fridge for 2 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with the cassonade.

*Unfortunately there was no description as to what country doce de abacate originates from, and even on Google there was really very little information to be found, but I am guessing this must be something along the lines of Latin America…so I would be very grateful if anyone could fill me in on this!
UPDATE: Thanks to Merav and Patricia I have now learned that Doce de Abacate is from Brazil! Obrigado!
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Merav said...

Beautiful pictures!

Doce de abacate is from Brazil!

diva said...

i can never have avocado on its own. it's weird. love it in sushi and guacemole though. so i'm slowly tryin to get into it. might try this! :)

Peter M said...

Marianna, I'm convinced that exposure to food mags & blogs inspires us all as cooks, whether it's a "light bulb" idea or subliminally.

Who knows, somewhere down the road, I could make a sweet avocado dip like this, with a little idea feeds off the other.

Peter G said...

I've never cooked avocadoes in a sweet recipe before looks very interesting.

Grace said...

it seems like a lot of people don't like straight avocado, but i love it. i wonder, are they weird, or am i ? :)

thanks for this idea!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, darling, we eat it here in Brazil - "doce de abacate" is even written in our language. ;)
I'm glad you like it, since I have been eating this since I was a little girl. :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I am going to try this one too. Wonder what doce de abacate means? Avocado with lime?

Marianna said...

Merav & Patricia- Muito obrigado for confirming this to me!! :-)

Diva- well maybe your next step will be trying the sweeter side of avocado :-) I love it no matter how it's used

Peter M- yes I agree with you, but this was my first time following a magazine recipe. I'm one of those anti-recipe people, if you know your basics then creativity can just do the rest. So maybe your creativity will introduce an interesting use of avocado soon on your blog! :-)

Peter G- Thanks for your passing by, yes it looks and I confirm that it tasted interesting- but in a good way!

Grace- I like straight avocado too :-) It's all a matter of taste I guess..

Vegeyum- yep it's a great quick + easy recipe to try out! I believe abacate = avocado and doce = sweet in Portuguese.

Rogerio said...

oi -

I grew up in brazil and portugal and this is the way i learned to eat avocado. Now here in the US it was weird to see avocado (which I would think is a fruit..?:)) in salads and salty guacamole. Took me a while to get used to that!...

Sophie said...

Looks lovely but my husband & I eat it without the sugar!!