A simple but elegant dessert featuring the sweet yet tart flavor of the quince. This relatively unknown fruit holds up especially well to cooking and takes on a lovely rose hue when it is cooked.
Note: If you decide to substitute apples or pears for the quince, you will need to monitor your cooking time because those fruits cook more quickly. The desired consistency should be tender but not mushy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
- 2 large quince, peeled and cut in half (no need to remove seeds)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (for serving)
- powdered sugar (for serving)
- ground cinnamon (for serving)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium oven-safe saucepan. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
- Place the halved quince cut side down in the bottom of the sauce pan. Add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and cloves. Cover and place in the oven.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, or until the quince is nicely tender, but not mushy.
- Allow to cool slightly before plating. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar and enjoy.