This last week a friend shared some quinces with me....
She has a tree in her garden.
I had never tried them before or even seen one before.
They are in the same family as a pear and an apple.
They smell a little like a pineapple and vanilla..
Have a very furry looking skin..
I decided to cook a few up and make some Quince paste..
You can't eat them raw..they are too bitter.. so they need to be cooked.
I found this recipe HERE and went to work..
Usually on the stove top it takes 5 or 6 hours to make Quince paste.
With a Thermomix it takes about 1 1/2 hours.
My kitchen smelt really nice while it was cooking.
Then we had to try it with some Camembert cheese and crackers,
The color eludes me as it should be a redder texture
but the friend who gave them to me said that
it was tasting good and she's a chef!
It tasted almost exotic to me,
I enjoyed it heaps, then it was cheese and rice crackers for afternoon tea.
Next time will be a glass of red , cheese and crackers with quince paste I think.
Now I have some quince's left so will add it too some apple pies I think
or maybe try some quince jelly......
I am so glad I tried this fruit and it will definitely be
a tree maybe to plant in the future..
Sweet Hugs Dawn x x