Baked Quince

14 Oct

Quinces have such a wonderful aroma, strong enough to perfume an entire room that you want to try and capture that aroma by baking them in parcels. It is such a majestic fruit, it deserves to be treated simply and appreciated for itself. Treated simply like this the real flavour of the quince comes through.
Serves 2 Prep 3mins Cook 1 hour

  • 1 large quince
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or to taste

Preheat oven 200c gas 6
Wash the quince, cut it in half from top to tail and remove the core and seeds. Put each half, cut side up, on a large square of foil put a spoonful of butter on each half and cover with 1-2 tbsp sugar, depending on how sweet you like it. Fold the sides of the foil over and make a sealed parcel. Bake for 1 hour until very tender. Cooking time will vary depending on the size and quality of the fruit. Serve hot or cold topped with cream, yogurt or ice cream.

Cooks Note A Quince tree is a real thing of beauty. It is, by far, my favourite fruit tree, hailing spring with its mass of pale pink briar rose like blossoms. As the great pendulous fruit develop i can’t help wishing for autumn when the soft down starts to disappear and you know the great yellow fruit are ready to harvest


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