Recipe by duonyte
My quince tree's boughs are bending to the ground under the weight of the fruit. Quince is a lovely, old-fashioned fruit that deserves to be better known. This is one of my favorite recipes, from the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, by Hensperger and Kaufmann.
Top Review by BecR
Wonderful! My first time using fresh quinces and so glad I made this recipe. As the previous reviewer mentioned, this is a flexible recipe so I decided to add a few handfuls of dried fruits (apricots, mango, dates, prunes, cranberries, and golden raisins) with the quinces just because I had them laying around although this would be perfectly delicious without it. Used a bottle of California pink zinfandel and also couldn't resist adding a few glugs of Captain Morgans spiced rum, pineapple juice, and a split vanilla bean to the mix. The lime juice (I used Rose's and reduced the sugar slightly) imparted a wonderful tanginess--don't leave it out! Made on the stovetop and DH and I kept sampling til I got it right. Took about 2 1/2 hours for me and I got about 10 half pints that I plan on sharing this holiday season. Thanks Duonyte!
- 4 cups fruity blush wine
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 cinnamon sticks, 4-in . each
- 2 slices candied ginger
- 3 medium quinces, about 1 1/2 lbs
Directions See How It's Made
- Place all ingredients, except quince, in the rice cooker bowl.
- Quarter and peel the quinces with a sharp paring knife. With a melon baller or knife, remove the entire core area, cleaning out all the hard bits. Cut each quarter into 4 slices. (Recently, I've just peeled the quince and then sliced around the core, avoiding the need to scrape out the seed area). Place the quince slices in the wine mixture. Close the cover and set for the porridge cycle. Open the cover twice during the cook cycle to release the steam.
- When cycle finishes, check the fruit - it should be very tender. If it is not, reset for a second cycle and check every 15 minutes until desired texture is achieved.
- Remove the bowl from the cooker and let cool. Pour the compote into a storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight. Keeps for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Note1: It's very important to clean the core carefully -there is a white membrane that will never soften.
- Note2: white zinfandel or a jug vin rose work fine; authors also suggest a Blanc de Pinot Noir, Lancer's or Mateus.
- Note3: I use only about half to 2/3 of the sugar and find this quite sweet enough.
- Note4: I see no reason why this could not be made in a regular rice cooker, a slow cooker, or simmered in a saucepan on the stove, but then you are on your own as to the time. Cooking time is based on my rice cooker, yours may differ.