Homemade Quince Paste

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About those lovely quince I got, well I had to turn them into quince paste of course!

Not is it the only thing that came to mind when cooking quince πŸ˜‚, but it’s also really easy to do, and the paste will last for ages πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ».

And unlike the bought stuff, freshly made quince paste is soft, with a melt in your mouth texture.

Quince Is Not Just Good For Making Paste!

Due to the high pectin properties of quince, the liquid used to cook the quince can then be cooked down into a tantalising jelly or jam πŸ˜‹.

So a win, win in my books πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ».

Quince Paste And Jelly πŸ˜‹

Can I Mention, It’s Easy, Again?

No seriously, I don’t think I even need to write a whole recipe for it.

It’s just volume of cooked quince puree, mixed with equal volume of sugar, cooked in a slow cooker for 6hrs, then allow it to dry!

There, so easy!

But if you’re really interested, the recipe to my homemade spiced quince paste is down below πŸ‘‡πŸ».

So Easy To Do Instructions

Quince Paste Anyone?

Making your own quince paste, is basically cutting the washed quince in quarters.

Remove the core, but don’t discard them, as you want to keep the pectin to make jelly.

If you choose to remove the skin, place the skin together with the core in a cheese cloth, and tie cloth tightly.

You can choose to keep the skin on or off, though leaving the skin on gives it a slightly different taste.

Place the quartered quince in a large pot and fill it up with water, until the quince is just covered.

Add the cheese cloth with the core and peel into the pot, and cook until quince is soft.

Once quince is cooked and soft, if you intend to make jelly or jam, simply strain liquid into a jug.

Discarding the core and peel, place drained quince into a food processor, and blitz on high until pureed.

Decanter puree through a sieve to remove any lumps and bumps, and place equal volume of sugar to equal volume of quince puree into a slow cooker.

Stir gently to combine and allow mixture to slowly cook on high for six hours, stirring occasionally.

Quince should turn into a beautiful ruby red colour, and paste will thicken as it cooks.

Just A Little Bit More

Once ready, pour cooked paste into a parchment lined tray and let it cool.

Cover the cooled paste with cling wrap and allow to dry on the counter for two to three days before cutting, or alternatively, you can use a dehydrator, or place paste in the oven, with just the light on to try to speed up the drying process

Once dried, quince paste, should be easy to handle, and not too sticky to cut.

Use a lightly oiled knife to cut the quince paste into desired portions.

Wrap in parchment paper and store in an air tight container, and the quince paste will last easily for a year or two.

Delicately sweet with a beautiful floral aroma to it, makes this paste a delicious accompaniment to cheese, crackers, as a spread or by itself as a sweet treat.

Morsels Of Goodness

I cut mine into small pieces, wrap them up into individual parcels, and give them out as gifts.

Perfect, little morsels to have on hand when you are doing a little plater.

Now who wouldn’t want a little parcel of quince paste on hand 😘

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Homemade Spiced Quince Paste

Course Side Dish, Snack, Spread
Cuisine Traditional
Keyword Spread, Vegan
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Drying Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 7 hours
Servings 12
Calories 120 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo quince Quatered and core removed
  • 2 ltr water
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 60 mil lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 350 grams raw sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash quince and remove any fur off quince.

  2. Cut quince in quarters and remove the core.

  3. You can choose to leave or remove the skins. Leaving skin on will affect the taste only slightly.

    I removed the skin for this recipe.

  4. If you choose to remove the skin, place the skin together with the core in a cheese cloth, and tie cloth tightly.

  5. Place the quartered quince in a large pot and fill it up with water, until the quince is just covered.

  6. Cut vanilla pod in the center, and remove vanilla paste with the edge of a knife, and place the paste into the pot, together with the pod.

  7. Add the lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and lemon juice to the pot.

  8. Add the cheese cloth with the core and peel into the pot, and cook on high, until quince is soft.

  9. Once quince is cooked and soft, if you intend to make jelly or jam, simply strain liquid into a jug.

  10. Place drained quince into a food processor, discarding the cinamon sticks, lemon peel, vanilla pod, core and skin, and blitz on high until pureed.

  11. Decanter puree through a sieve to remove any lumps and bumps, and place equal volume of sugar to equal volume of quince puree into a slow cooker.

    I ended up with 350 grams of quince puree, therefor I addedd 350 grams of raw sugar.

  12. Stir gently to combine and allow mixture to slowly cook on high for six hours, stirring occasionally.

    Quince should turn into a beautiful ruby red colour and paste will thicken as it cooks.

  13. Once ready, pour cooked paste into a lined tray and let it cool.

  14. Cover the cooled paste with cling wrap and allow it to dry on the counter for two to three days before cutting, or alternatively, you can use a dehydrator, or place paste in the oven, with just the light on to dry to speed up the drying process.

  15. Once dried, quince paste, should be easy to handle, and not too sticky to cut.

  16. Use a lightly oiled knife to cut the quince paste into desired portions.

  17. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an air tight container, and quince paste will last easily for a year or two.

Recipe Notes

You can choose to keep the skin on or off.Β 

Leaving the skin on, gives it a very slightly different taste.

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If you don’t have vanilla pod on hand, 2 tsp of vanilla paste or extract will work fine.

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Reminder to measure the qty of your puree, and add equal part sugar too puree.

I had 350 grams of quince puree, therefore I add 350 grams of raw sugar to make the quince paste.

Volume may differ each time.

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You can also use caster or normal white sugar.

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Quince paste mixture, can be poured into silicon mould if you want to get creative. Be sure to rub a bit of flavourless oil around the mould to insure easy removal of paste.

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Quince paste mixture can also be poured into sterilised jars and stored in jar once cooled.

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Drying time for quince paste varies depending on room temperature and air circulation.

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For a firmer texture, let quince out to dry for longer.

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Quince paste will become firmer in texture overtime.Β 

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Store in an air tight container, and quince paste will last easily for a year or two.

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*NutritionΒ information is approximate and is meant as a guide only

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Spiced Quince Paste
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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