Quince Paste

a Spanish accompaniment for cheese
Quince Paste
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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
3 ½ lb Quinces
2 pounds Granulated sugar
Water

Nutritional information

148
Calories
0g
Fat
38g
Carbohydrates
0g
Protein
0mg
Cholesterol
2mg
Sodium
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Ingredients

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Quince Paste is something I first came across in Spain where it is called ‘membrillo’. If you order cheese in a Spanish restaurant, you can be sure that a little square or two of this fruit preserve will arrive on the side. I love to make some for my Christmas cheeseboards.

To make Quince Paste, you will need the following ingredients:

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So, how to make Quince Paste?

Steps

1
Done
5

Prepare the quince

Wash the quince and peel them, reserving the peels. Remove the cores and add them to the peels. Chop the fruit into 2-inch chunks. Tie the peels and cores up in some cheesecloth.

2
Done
1h

Cook the quince

Place the bundle in a large pot with the quince chinks. Add the chunks of quince and the bundle of peels and cores into a large pot. Add water so that the fruit is covered by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours until the quince chunks are soft and mushy.

3
Done
1

Remove the peel and core bundle

Remove the peels and cores from the quince and discard them.

4
Done
2h

Drain the liquid from the fruit

Line a colander with cheesecloth. Place the cooked quince in the colander and leave to strain for about 2 hours.

5
Done
5

Blend the strained fruit

Blend the strained quince in a food processor until you have a smooth puree. Weigh the quince puree and place it in a large pot. Add an equal amount of granulated sugar.

6
Done
90m

Cook

Place the pot over low heat and cook for about 1 ½ hours until very thick. You will need to stir the mixture constantly at first to dissolve the sugar and occasionally after that.

7
Done
1h

Turn on oven and prepare a baking dish

Switch on the oven to the lowest setting (125 °F). Lightly grease or line with parchment paper a 9 inch baking dish . Place the quince paste in the dish and spread it out evenly. Ensure the surface is smooth by leveling it with the back of a spoon. Aim for about a 1 ½ inch thick slab. Leave the paste to cool in the baking dish.

8
Done
12h

Dry the paste

Place the quince paste in the oven for 8 hours or overnight. The surface should be glossy and not sticky to the touch. Remove it from the oven and once cool, place it in the oven for 4 hours.

9
Done
1

Store and serve

Once the paste is dry, turn it out of the baking dish onto a plate or a parchment paper. Cut into servings (I usually make matchbox size rectangles) and wrap each individually. Store in the refrigerator for 3 months.

10
Done

Serve

Serve with a Spanish hard cheese like Manchego or with your favourite cheese.

Make a slab of this Quince Paste soon - you won’t be able to resist it with cheese! If you try it, make sure you tag #CookeMeRecipes in your insta pics!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 1
Athina

So delicious! Thank you! Approved!

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