The bright yellow quince is one of our favourite autumn fruits – not only because their perfume will scent a room for weeks but also because of the incredible transformation they undergo during cooking. Virtually rock hard and inedible when ripe, they develop a deep ruby-red colour with an intense, glorious flavour as a result of poaching.

Serves
4-6

Preparation

15min

Cooking

1hr
30min

Skill level

Easy
By
6
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Ingredients

  • 1 litre (4 cups) water
  • 220 g (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 lemon, cut in half 
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 quinces
  • cream or vanilla ice-cream, to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Prepare poaching liquid by placing water, sugar, vanilla, lemon and cloves in a large heavy-based saucepan.
Bring liquid to a rolling boil. Peel, quarter and core the fruit, adding quinces immediately to poaching liquid to prevent discolouration.

Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 1½ hours, or until the quinces are tender and ruby red.

Serve quinces with a little of the warm syrup along with cream or vanilla ice-cream.