Dear Family & Friends
The slices of quince that 'the oql & the pussycat' of Edward Lear ate must have been dulce de membrillo or quince paste. Now I can tell you that they are delicious! They look good, taste good and smells good too. Slices of quince with slices of cheese are perefect combination. They goes well with roast meat too.
|homegrown quince fruit|
Quince paste makes perfect gifts too. It's not a very common fruit these days and once a batch is cooked, it will keep for weeks/months. Not complicated process either - so it's a win-win thing to do in my opinion, specially as we have abundance of this fruit every year.
|quince paste - it's so yummy and smells good too:)|
Here's how I make my membrillo:
|first boil the chopped up quince till soft|
Wash the quince and chop it into pieces, taking the core out. Place the fruit in pot and cover with water. Add the lemon juice and bring it to boil till the fruit is very soft. Mash the fruit till consistency of applesauce.
|transfer to heavy bottom pan to simmer slowly for 2 hours - quince and sugar ratio 2:1.5|
For every 2 cups of fruit, add 13/4 cups of sugar. Carry on cooking in a heavy bottom pot, simmering in low heat and stir it from time to time to prevent burning. Continue cooking till mixture thickens up and almost dry. The color also gets to bright orange red.
|once it's bright red orange color and dry in consistency, spread in trays to dry further|
Pour the quince paste into a ceramic or glass container and let it get firm. Slice them once they are firm and it will keep for 6 months covered in the refrigerator.
It's a long process to cook these fruit but it's worth all the effort.
Still my next post, have a blessed day.