Not quite a pear and not really an apple, quince is a pome fruit that, once cooked, tastes like a cross between the two, but quince stays firm and takes on a beautiful red blush color. This vegan and gluten-free recipe gives a simple formula for compote. It can be eaten as a dessert on its own or added to oatmeal or breakfast quinoa. It also complements white meat well.


Recipe Summary

50 mins
1 hr 5 mins
15 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Rinse quinces under running water to remove the fuzzy layer. Squeeze the lemon into a large bowl and fill halfway with water.

  • Cut quinces into quarters. Peel, core, and dice one quarter at a time, and transfer fruit to the lemon water to prevent browning.

  • Combine 3 cups of fresh water, cane sugar, agave syrup, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pod in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add drained quinces and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook at a low boil for 20 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the saucepan with a lid, placing a wooden spoon underneath to keep it slightly ajar and allow some steam to escape without it drying out. Simmer like this for about 25 minutes. The compote is ready when the fruit has turned a red blush color, it is tender to a fork, and the syrup has reduced by three-fourths. The objective is to have softened fruit with a thickened syrup at the end. The syrup will thicken more upon cooling.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe is for 1 1/2 pounds clean and diced quinces. Two pounds of whole fruit once cleaned, peeled, and cored, roughly equals this amount.

Do not discard the syrup. Use it in other recipes or add some to cold, sparkling water for a refreshing drink. It is also quite delicious mixed with Prosecco wine.

For a wonderful addition to your apple pie filling, thanks to its beautiful pink color and firmness, slice the fruit instead of dicing it.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 69.8g; fat 0.3g; sodium 19.6mg. Full Nutrition