Quince syrup is delicious over pancakes or chocolate, and is also nice by the spoonful as a remedy for sore throats. This makes a cup or less of syrup; to make more simply double or triple all ingredients, or add extra sugar.
Cut the quinces into quarters. Put all ingredients into a saucepan with enough water to cover quinces. Simmer covered for 4 hours, or until the colour is a deep reddish pink. Remove quinces and spices, and boil with the lid off until the liquid is reduced to a syrup and can coat the back of a spoon.