This fruit was known as Golden Apple in Ancient Greece and was dedicated to Venus. As for modern cookery, quince is recognized as a precious fruit with amazing fragrance that loses its natural bitterness and stiffness at high temperature and really changes. Today we are going to cook homemade paste from quince!
The high concentration of pectin in Golden Apple allows cooking paste without jelling substance adding. Quince perfectly softens, boils down and turns into thick and smooth paste with rich red color.
Cut up one part of harden quince paste on individual pieces, and coat the other part in a powdered sugar. It is very convenient to keep the powdered paste cubes in jars or usual cartoon boxes because you can avoid sticking pieces to each other. Be sure your nearest and dearest, random guests and you by yourself will like the tea party with this amazing delicacy!
To cook quince paste you will need the next ingredients:
- 2-3 quinces weight 1,3 lbs
- 1,1 lbs of sugar
- 1/2 of lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 3 whole spice cloves
- Prep and Cook time: 1 hour
- Yield: 12 servings
Recipe with Step by Step Pictures
1. Wash quinces first, peel the flossy skin, cut in quarters and discard core. Slice lemon thickly.
2. Put the chopped fruit into cast iron pot, pour water up to the pot edges, add spices and boil. Reduce the heat and cook until quince softens for about 10-15 minutes.
3. Pour the water out of the pot, throw away the lemon – its mission is completed. Remove cinnamon, anise and cloves. Puree boiled quince with immersion blender until smooth.
4. Pour sugar on the puree, put spices back and cook over low heat.
5. Keep cooking the sweet mass, stirring constantly, until the mixture get hard and dark red for about 30 minutes. Don’t forget to get cinnamon stick, anise star and spice cloves out in the end of cooking.
6. Spread the hot paste on a cooking sheet, even the surface with spatula, and allow the mass to cool at room temperature.
So, quince paste is cooked!
Enjoy your meal!