This time round I changed my mind when I saw them at a local food festival. I decided to pick up a couple, they were not particularly cheap so I consider these quinces to be a bit of a luxury but that didn't influence me to cook or bake with them any quicker. The quinces sat first for two weeks in my fruit basket, then got moved to the fridge. As I did not wish for them to end up in the compost bin, I started considering making Johanna's Buttery Quince and Almond Cake, but then got distracted thinking maybe I should do a savoury dish with them as there were loads of sweet Quince recipes around.
Well after being in my home for nearly three weeks, at the weekend, I gave up, peeled, sliced and poached them in a little cinnamon honeyed water for about 30 minutes until they were just soft, but not falling apart. I thought we would just enjoy the poached fragrant pieces with Greek yogurt and honey. We both tried a bit and quite liked it. D said it tasted a bit between pear and peach and that is when I became motivated to cook with them further and make a sweet tart.
I am sharing this with Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary for Shop Local Challenge as the quinces came from a local food festival and also for her No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Slice of Me, as these quinces could have easily seen the compost bin.
Golden Quince Almond Tart
Make your own pastry, this is the recipe that I used; or use ready made - I won't judge you. Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180oc. Bake blind and set aside.
For the Quince Almond filling
Poached quinces in sweet syrup, drained and set aside
2 medium eggs
160g icing sugar
Juice of 4 unwaxed lemons
90g unsalted butter, melted
70g ground almonds
Evenly layer the poached quince onto the pastry case.
Whisk the eggs and icing sugar together until fluffy. Gently stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Pour the lemony mixture onto the fruit in the pastry case and bake in the oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until filling has just set and is just beginning to turn golden on top.
Allow to cool and serve at room temperature. Adapted from here.