Quince Compote

This is a wonderful use for quinces if you can get your hands on some. If you like, you can puree the compote but I usually like it chunky. You can also serve it with vanilla ice cream or plain whipped cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds quinces - peeled, cored, and diced

  • 2 cups hard apple cider

  • ½ cup sugar, or more to taste

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon orange flower water

  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 3 tablespoons creme fraiche


  1. Place quinces, cider, and sugar in a pressure cooker. Close cooker securely and place pressure regulator over vent according to manufacturer's instructions. Heat until steam escapes in a steady flow and makes a whistling sound, about 10 minutes. Adjust temperature until regulator is gently rocking. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until quince are soft. Let pressure release naturally according to manufacturer's instructions, 5 to 10 minutes. Unlock lid and remove.

  2. Transfer cooked quinces and liquid to a serving bowl and season with lemon juice, orange flower water, and orange zest.

  3. Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Add vanilla sugar gradually, continuing to beat until soft peaks form. Mix in creme fraiche and serve with the quince compote.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
16g Fat
72g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 45mg 227%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 491mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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