Quince paste


Quince paste
This traditional French "pâte de fruit" (fruit paste or leather) has a distinctive, firm consistency and is full of flavour, with the characteristic tang of quince.

The preparation is rather long, but the result is well worth all the effort.
11,7513/5 for 2 ratings
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Last modified on: December 3rd 2017

For 900 g, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 300 g 450 g 900 g 1 kg 800 g 2 kg 700 g

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33 min.1 hour30 min.2 hours 3 min.
Keeping: Several days (weeks, even) in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 3 min.
Quince paste : Photo of step #1
Wash and brush 800 g quinces, but do not peel, as the skin add to the flavour.

Stage 2 - 8 min.
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Cut the quinces into quarters, then remove and discard the core. Cut each quarter into small pieces.

Put the quince pieces into a saucepan, add ½ lemon cut into 4 and just enough water to cover.

Note: From 800g of quinces, you should be left with 500 g of cut fruit.

Stage 3 - 20 min.
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Put the pan uncovered on medium heat and cook until the fruit is soft enough for the point of a knife to go through it easily.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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After cooking, discard the lemon pieces and pass the quinces through a vegetable mill on "fine" setting.

Do not throw away the cooking liquid.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Transfer the quince pulp into a saucepan and weigh it (from 500 g cut fruit, you should be left with about 350 g of cooked pulp).

Weigh 30% of this weight in cooking liquid (100 g here), then mix this with the quince pulp.

You can add the zest of 1 orange at this point.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Weigh 450 g granulated sugar (this should be the same wieght as the mixture of fruit pulp and cooking liquid).

Take out 50 g of this sugar at mix it separately with the 30 g jam sugar.

Stage 7 - 4 min.
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Put the saucepan on high heat and bring to the boil, then tip in the 50 g of sugar with its gelling agent.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Mix well, bring back to the boil and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
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Add the rest of the sugar all at once.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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Mix well, bring back to the boil and cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Stage 11 - 1 hour
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Pour into a mould or tin, lined with a sheet of cooking parchment.

Leave to cool for at least 1 hour.

Stage 12 - 10 min.
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Turn out and cut into pieces about the size of a sugar cube.

Stage 13
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You can make the paste look more attractive by rolling the pieces in a little granulated sugar, but this is not essential.

Remarks

This is a very ancient sweetmeat, particularly appreciated at the French court during the Renaissance. It was apparently a favourite of both Marie de' Medici and the Duc de Guise.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,492 Kcal or 10,434 Kj8 gr608 gr4 gr
125 %3 %57 %1 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
151 Kcal or 632 Kj< 1 gr37 gr< 1 gr
8 %<1 %3 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

From gaston Lenôtre, but dedicated to Isabelle and Patrick who will recognise something of themselves here..

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