Homemade Quince Paste: Making cheese plates happy

Homemade quince pasta

While I often tell my husband that the last thing we need is another cookbook, I’ll admit I didn’t put up too much resistance when he offered to buy me a copy of America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook. I had flipped through it briefly at the Book Larder in Seattle and was immediately smitten.

It’s got recipes for just about everything you can imagine: bacon jam, corn chips, yogurt, beer, fresh chorizo and so much more. Really, it’s almost overwhelming.

But I knew at once what recipe I would try first, seeing as I had five quince staring at me from the kitchen counter. My husband had bought them at the season’s last farmer’s market and we had yet to do anything with them (I could practically sense them judging me). It was time for them to meet their maker become delicious quince paste.

Since I had a weekend plan to cook with my friend DB — we were making candied orange peels and Parisian gnocchi — I figured one more culinary project couldn’t hurt. And the good thing about the recipe, besides the fact that it’s pretty fool proof, is that it’s easy to do while doing other things.

Quince paste is also great for holiday gift giving so if you’re a total procrastinator or have a cheese lover in your life, consider giving them a wedge of this. It’s a great accompaniment to a cheese plate and also will last for up to 3 months in the fridge. Hard to beat that!

Start by cooking the fruit down until tender, puree, strain and cook a second time with sugar. Pour into a pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. To get the exact recipe, order a copy of the cookbook! To see a fairly similar one online, click here! The main difference is that ours doesn’t have any vanilla and we passed the puree through a fine chinois to get rid of any lumps before cooking it with the sugar.

Cooked quince -- cored but unpeeled

Cooked quince — cored but unpeeled

Making quince pasta

Pureed quince, ready to be passed through a chinois

After being cooked down for 2 hours

After being cooked down for 2 hours

This is about a quarter of what the recipe produces

The recipe makes about 2 pounds of paste — this chunk is about a quarter of what it produces

Homemade quince paste

Homemade quince paste among friends!

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6 thoughts on “Homemade Quince Paste: Making cheese plates happy

  1. Hi there, I had my first encounter with quince this year. A friend gave me some quince and apple chutney, and I absolutely loved it. This looks great – I will have to try it out sometime. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • Yum! Quince and apple chutney sounds delicious — I can think of many things I’d like to slather it on! This is nice because it’s just so easy to make, and since it’s got a long shelf life you can always have it on hand for surprise cheese plates. =)

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