A few years ago, my youngest sister Alex was learning her alphabet. Each week, we would eat foods that started with a specific letter to illustrate the letters in a hands-on way. For week Q, we tried baked quince for the first time. Everyone was impressed with the amazing flavor of these fragrant fruits and their stunning transformation. 🍎🍐
Quince are round fruits that look like a cross between an apple and a pear, and have a delightful floral fragrance. As they cook slowly in the oven, they turn from yellow to pink, resulting in an unusual but beautiful color. They also produce a wonderful aroma as they bake, which will make you impatient for them to be cooked. 😉 Since the quince are so hard, however, it takes about 4 hours for them to cook at a low temperature. Be extra careful when peeling, cutting, and coring the quince, as they are very hard fruits.
I love the unique flavor of baked quince! They’re moist, lightly sweet, and such a pretty color. Plus, they’re super easy to prepare, and look so elegant. 🎀 The fruit stays moist by adding the grated apple and reserved peels to the baking dish, plus the sugar syrup. Covering the baking dish keeps all the steam inside, which also keep the fruit from drying out in the oven.
You need to make this spiced quince this fall!! If you live in the United States, make sure to make it in November to mid-December, since quince is only in season for a few weeks in late autumn. Trust me–you’ll thoroughly enjoy this delightful, elegant low fat dessert!Print
This easy recipe for slow-baked spiced quince will make your house smell wonderful! Serve it as a simple, beautiful dessert in late autumn.
- 4 quince
- 2 small Granny Smith apples
- 1 1/3 cup warm filtered water
- 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves
- 3 allspice berries
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preparing the Quince and Apples
- Rinse and dry off the quince and apples.
- Peel the quince, reserving the peels. Halve each quince and core them with a melon baller. Use caution, as the quince are quite hard. Place them flat side down in a square baking dish.
- Peel the apples, reserving the peels. Quarter and core the apples, then coarsely grate them.
Making the Sugar Syrup
- Warm the filtered water in the microwave, then whisk in the sugar and lemon juice and stir until fully dissolved.
Assembling & Baking the Quince
- Preheat the oven to 250 F.
- Pour the sugar syrup over the quince in the baking dish. Float the cloves, allspice berries, and cinnamon stick in the syrup.
- Sprinkle the grated apple over the quince halves, then cover them with the reserved quince and apple peels. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 250 F for about 4 to 4 1/2 hours, until the quince is soft but holds its shape. The quince should be a beautiful pink or even crimson.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with some of the quince syrup. Top each serving with vanilla ice cream if you would like. Refrigerate leftover quince in its syrup to keep it moist.
- In the United States, quince are in grocery stores for roughly six weeks, starting at the beginning of November. Be sure to make this while they’re in season!
- Don’t throw away the quince syrup; just drink it plain or use it in an extra-special punch.