Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
Wait till you see the lovely orangey-rose the quince turns into once cooked - gorgeous! Spoon Sweets are traditional sweets, always readily available in Greek homes. When guests drop by, it is good form to offer them a teaspoonful of a spoon sweet, served on a demi-tasse plate, and accompanied by a large glass of ice water. A truly welcoming gesture.
- 2 1⁄2 lbs quinces
- 4 cups water
- 2 1⁄2 lbs sugar
- 1 lemon, juice of, the
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 cup blanched halved almonds
- 3 rose-scented geranium leaves, washed (optional)
- Peel the quinces and grate coarsely (I use my trusty box grater).
- Put in a large saucepan; add water, cover and cook over moderate heat until soft.
- Add sugar and cook stirring, over medium heat, until the syrup is thick.
- Towards the end, add the lemon juice, the almonds, the vanilla and the rose geranium leaves (if using- do use them if you can get them).
- When cool, put in large jar and store.
- (Greeks just store this on the shelf, without extra processing. I don't know much about canning/storing, but I've never been sick. Still, it might be best to just keep in the fridge and spoon out as needed.) Note: This is FANTASTIC on vanilla ice cream.