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Quince pate de fruit - Dulce de membrillo

The quince is one of my favourite autumn fruit. I love it in savoury dishes, like Pork fillet with quince, cheddar cheese and sage or in preserves, like Quince jam, or Quince confiture. My least favourite way to eat it so far was pate de fruit as it would be either too sweet, or too sticky. And it took me quite a while to work out the recipe, which would be just perfect.

Quince pate de fruit - Dulce de membrillo

  • 1 1/2 kg quinces
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 100-130 ml passion fruit juice (lime or lemon juice)
  • wash the quinces thoroughly, cut in 2 (large ones could be cut in 4)
  • Place the quince pieces into a large pan, cover with water, add vanilla pod and cook on a medium to slow heat for 30-40 min (until ready)
  • Drain the water, take out the vanilla pod. With the spoon take out the core.
  • Transfer to a food processor and pulse until smooth paste
  • Press the mixture through a sieve
  • Return the puree to a heavy-bottom pot, add passion fruit juice, sugar, stir thoroughly and place to the heat
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, allow to simmer for 1-1,5 hour until the puree thickens
  • Line the baking tray with the parchment paper, brush with the butter or vegetable oil. Pour in the puree and smooth it out evenly with wet spatula
  • Place to the oven preheated to 50C for 2-3 hours to set
  • Take out, cool down completely and slice with the wet knife
  • Coat each piece in granulated sugar. Keep in airtight containers.

The passion fruit gives a wonderful aroma and perfectly balances the sweetness of the quince. You can leave the puree to set at room temperature, without the oven. In this case sprinkle the puree in the tray with the sugar and leave for 2-3 days. The amount of sugar could be different, it depends on the sweetness of the quince and your taste. The traditional proportion is 1:1, 1 kilo of sugar per each kilo of the puree, though some recipes call for less sugar. Step-by-step pictures are posted on forum.

Quince pate de fruit - Dulce de membrillo