The quince is an old-fashioned, intensely aromatic, and dearly loved fruit. It is not an easy fruit to prepare, as it needs to be poached or cooked before it can be used in recipes. Quince paste is a wonderful accompaniment to cheese and crackers-try chevre as well as other mild, firm cheeses. You can also serve it for breakfast in place of jam.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash, peel, and core the quinces, reserving the cores and peels. Coarsely chop the flesh and transfer the fruit to a large pan. Wrap the cores and peels in cheesecloth, tie the bag with kitchen string, and add it to the pan. (The peels contain most of the fruit's pectin, which contributes to the firmness of the quince paste.)

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  • Pour in enough water to cover the quinces and boil, half-covered, for 30 to 40 minutes or until the fruit is very soft. Remove the bag of peels and pass the quince flesh through a sieve or food mill. (For best results, don't use a food processor as it will result in too fine a texture.) You should have about 2 1/2 pounds of fruit pulp.

  • Transfer the quince pulp to a saucepan and add the sugar (ideally, you should add the same amount of sugar, by weight, as the fruit pulp). Cook and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the paste becomes very thick and has a deep orange color. Draw the wooden spoon along the bottom of the saucepan: it should leave a trail and the quince mixture will stick to the spoon.

  • Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish or line it with greased parchment paper. Transfer the quince paste to the baking dish, spreading it about 1 1/2-inch thick. Smooth the top and allow it to cool.

  • Dry the paste on your lowest oven setting, no more than 125 degrees F (52 degrees C), for about 1 1/2 hours. Allow the quince paste to cool completely before slicing. (In Europe, the traditional method of drying the quince paste is to leave it in a cupboard for about 7 days. The remaining juices will continue to evaporate and render a drier paste.)

  • Store quince paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator; the color will deepen with age.

Editor's Note:

In Provence, quince paste is often served with cheeses from the Savoy region. In Spain and Portugal, quince paste (Membrillo) is served with manchego. Serve slices of quince paste with cheese or as a breakfast spread.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

169.5 calories; 0.3 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 3.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2008
I have just moved to a new house and new country and am blessed with a number of fruit/nut trees one being a lovely good sized quince have tried a number of recipes and this one is the simplest I have come across and easily competes with the rest. Thank You. as an added bonus most of the local comunity do not realise the many uses of this fruit for food and as a herbal remedy always good to bring somthing new to the table Thank you again Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2014
I halved it -- using 1 cup of sugar for 2 pounds of quince. Still too sweet Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2008
I have just moved to a new house and new country and am blessed with a number of fruit/nut trees one being a lovely good sized quince have tried a number of recipes and this one is the simplest I have come across and easily competes with the rest. Thank You. as an added bonus most of the local comunity do not realise the many uses of this fruit for food and as a herbal remedy always good to bring somthing new to the table Thank you again Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2011
While preparing another quince recipe I discovered what a royal PITA it is to core and peel quince. So... when I looked at this recipe I decided to invert it. I halved the quinces put them in a pot and barely covered them with water. Cooked for 40 mins or so until they were soft. Then I scooped them out with a slotted spoon and ran them through a food mill/ fruit and vege strainer aka the thing with the auger and screen that separates flesh from seeds and skins. I strained the liquid that remained and returned it to the pan and reheated it to dissolve the sugar. Remixed it all hot and was left with something the consistency of applesauce. The only thing I had to watch was that the volume of seeds can jam the auger so I had to clear it once. Huge time saver over peeling first plus less waste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2009
This was outstanding! I was so excited to see this recipe on here because I m crazy about quince. The first time I tried them I thought Where has this fruit been all my life?! I think I added too much water though during the quince cooking stage. Next time I ll add a couple of cups to start with and add more if needed. From 4 pounds of whole quince I got more than 5 lbs of quince puree! Like I said: too much water. It took a long time to cook down. I spread it into a pan and left it in a 100 degree F oven overnight (we have a bread proof cycle that was perfect for this). Wonderful! As good as the membrillo we had in Portugual. Perfect with crusty bread and slices of manchego cheese. It made a ton so I'm giving away slabs as gifts to a select few! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2010
This recipe was so easy! Someone at work brought some quinces in and didn't know what they were. He stated his grandmother used them all time when he was kid. So I make this paste and served it crackers brie cheddar cheese and it was the talk on the whole floor. The only problem it call for a lot of sugar. Next time I want to try stevia or splenida. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2011
This was so good! We ate it as a little sweet treat with meals. It was good alone or on toast. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2015
I've tried making quince paste several times but this was the easiest and most delicious recipe by far! I had to dry it for longer than 1 1/2 hours though I actually put my oven on a very low setting and left the tray in overnight. Perfect! Freezes well and I sometimes have a slice or two with some goat cheese for breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2015
I followed the recipe except I dried the paste in my dehydrator instead of the oven so the finished product was a thinner slab. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2014
I halved it -- using 1 cup of sugar for 2 pounds of quince. Still too sweet Read More