Portuguese & Vegan: Doce de tomate

Another Skype adventure lies behind me. It was a very special one. And I´m feeling like a house wife now! 😀

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For the lovely country Portugal my Portuguese teacher Maria and me chose sth. different to make. We didn´t make dinner or dessert. This time we made a very special Portuguese jam. It´s called „doce de tomate“. When I heard the name the first time I thought it would be sth. spicy with chili or sth. like that. But although it´s made from tomatoes doce de tomate is a very sweet jam with a unique flavor.

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I wrote the recipe down like Maria teached me to but I would suggest you use less sugar. Made the original portuguese way doce de tomate is very, very sweet. If you like that – leave the recipe how it is. Otherwise take 500 g sugar (or less) only.

Doce de tomate

  • 1 kg tomatoes
  • 700 g sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • about 6 cloves
  • optional: a bit water

Put the tomatoes in a big pot. Pour boiling water over them. Count to 20. Drain tomatoes. It will be easy to peel them now. Peel tomatoes and cut out the seeds.

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Put tomatoes and everything else in a big pot. Heat everything on low heat – stirring until sugar is soft. You can use a little bit water as well. It will help you in the first minutes not to burn anything.

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Let cook for a while. The jam will need some time. Don´t forget to stir from time to time.

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To check if the jam is ready – put a bit on a small plate. If it´s jelly like after cooling down – the jam is ready.

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Put the jam in warmed jam jars. Close them and turn them around. Let them sit this way for 1/2 hour.

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The jam can be stored for one year. If opened put in fridge.

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Bom apetite!

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