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    Honey-Poached Quinces

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    2 hrs 35 mins

    5 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    UmmBinat's Note:

    ZWT7 South America. Membrillo as the quince is called in Spanish is a fruit widely used in Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Firm fruit like Bosc pears or Golden Delicious apples can be prepared similarly; poach them for 30 minutes. From Grace Parisi on

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    Serves: 12


    Units: US | Metric

    • 12 cups water (This is the correct amount)
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup mild honey
    • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 lemon, zested (removed with vegetable peeler)
    • 12 medium quinces (6 ounces each, peeled, quartered and cored)
    • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
    • 1 cup whole milk yogurt, for serving


    1. 1
      In a large pot, combine the water with the sugar, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
    2. 2
      Add the quinces and return to a boil.
    3. 3
      Cover partially and cook over low heat until tender, about 2 hours.
    4. 4
      Remove the quinces with a slotted spoon.
    5. 5
      Boil the syrup until it is reduced to 4 cups, about 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Return the quinces to the syrup while it cools.
    7. 7
      Meanwhile, in a small heavy skillet, toast the almonds over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.
    8. 8
      Transfer to a plate to cool.
    9. 9
      Serve the quinces at room temperature or chilled, with their syrup and the yogurt, sprinkled with almonds.
    10. 10
      MAKE AHEAD:.
    11. 11
      The poached quinces can be refrigerated in the honey syrup for up to 3 days.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 21, 2012


      My quinces are yet but a promise, with the tree in full blossom. So I made this recipe with firm Bosc pears - just three of them. The pears were done in about 30 minutes. I added some fresh lemon thyme to the poaching liquid, which I think added a subtle flavor, and I would add a few cloves for variety. As the pears were cooling, I remembered that I had some raspberry quince syrup and stirred in a tablespoon or so of that - it added a bit of that quincy pink color and flavor to the liquid. I think this would be even better with quince, as the quince have a more pronounced flavor than do pears. Hoping to try again if the harvest is good!

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    Nutritional Facts for Honey-Poached Quinces

    Serving Size: 1 (390 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 176.2
    Calories from Fat 20
    Total Fat 2.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 2.6 mg
    Sodium 30.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 25.4 g
    Protein 1.8 g

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