Miss Jane’s Quince Paste Recipe
Posted on May 19 2017
For those of you who haven’t heard of quince paste – as the name suggests – is made from quince fruit, an intensely aromatic, old-fashioned, edible gift from Mother Nature. By definition, “quince is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature.” Quince paste is very popular in the Middle East and Southern Europe. Even if it is considered a delicacy, it is somewhat harder to obtain if you live outside of these regions.
Well, you can cast your worries aside because you can make your own quince paste and experience how good and versatile it is! It is a great addition to your easy family recipes collection. Quince paste is a wonderful accompaniment to baked meat dishes, pastry recipes, cheese, and crackers. It can be the perfect jam replacement during breakfast and when thinned, can be a perfect syrup for pancakes and waffles too.
How to make your own quince paste? Easy, breezy! For today’s easy family recipes, we are sharing Miss Jane’s version of Quince paste.
You will need the following:
- 6 good sized Quince
- 2 Lemons
- Caster Sugar
- Peel and core the quince.
- Wrap the peel and cores in either a net bag or muslin material.
- Cut peeled quince into chunky pieces.
- Place quince into a heavy based pot along with 2 strips of lemon rind.
- Cover with water and place a net bag on top. (This provides the pectin you need in the cooking process.)
- Bring to boil and simmer until quince is fork soft – about 10 minutes.
- Once you have reached this stage, drain and remove lemon rind. Throw contents of the net bag away.
- Blend until smooth. Add caster sugar to the same ratio as cooked quince – E.g: 1 cup of quince mixture to 1 cup of caster sugar.
- Add 3 dessertspoons of lemon juice
- Put back on heat stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Turn heat down to low and cook for approximately 4-5 hours stirring every 20 minutes or so.
- Place in containers and label with the date.
Ways to Use Quince Paste
Spread onto crostini and toasts
Sweet quince paste goes very well with savoury ingredients. Serve toasts of crostini with quince paste. You can also add blue cheese and cold cuts or prosciutto, and then topped it with almonds or walnuts and black pepper – delish!
Glazed over baked meats
If you want your recipes for families to come with a twist, you will love your baked meat dishes such as lamb shoulder and roast chicken all the more if you glazed them with quince paste. Simply whisk together the paste and meat stock and spread it over meat. Of course, as usual, baste it with pan juices.
Use for desserts
Turn your easy family recipes of desserts into something more special by replacing your typical fruit preserves with quince paste. Use it for filling cream puffs or as fruit bars topper. You can also incorporate quince paste to your different kinds of icing for cakes.
Making crowd-pleasing appetizers isn’t that complicated. Get yourself a store-bought puff pastry and then cut thaw pastry dough in 1 by 3 strips. Layer goat cheese, chopped rosemary, and quince paste onto each strip. Pinch the outer edges together above the filling into a closed tube and then bake until dough is golden and crispy.
Just mix together quince paste and water in a small saucepan and then heat it up over a medium fire to create a thin and delicious syrup for your pancakes, cocktails, and tea.
People bond when they eat together. It is during family meals when you get to talk about your day. For friends who haven’t seen each other for a time, a simple lunch or an afternoon snack is a great moment to catch up on things. You’ll get to pick up from where you left like you were just together the other day to your current circumstances and present lives – from updates on respective careers, family life, the latest trends, healthy family meals, to your old crush from high school, and maybe your odd neighbour too. Dining together over a special or simple meal is indeed a blissful moment when shared with those people that matter.
What are you waiting for? Try making your very own quince paste now and enjoy!