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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quince harvest

  





My first quince crop, if only it had been larger.  Next year I am hopeful that it will be.

After admiring their golden beauty for a few days I baked them with a little water and a vanilla bean in the slow heat of our wood oven.

I slipped some pieces into this deliciously simple cake.  We have enjoyed the remainder with yoghurt or cream depending on the time of day.  

Along with the pretty light and and the golden leaves, quinces are becoming one of my favourite parts of autumn.  

I hope you are warm and enjoying your week.  

27 comments :

  1. i am in awe of quinces (and jane, your first photos captures their ugly beauty so well). how they transform from hard, inedible, yellowish, to ruby pink, highly perfumed and so delicious (whoever discovered that was amazing!). last time i was at mum's, we simply pressure cooked them with sugar and a little water. i have frozen some to make cakes (like yours) but i also enjoy the fruit on my breakfast oats. the syrup, too is divine. elevates breakfast to something wonderful.

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    1. Really e, I couldn't have put it better myself. Elevates breakfast indeed, thank you.

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  2. i bet your cake tasted amazing with your very own quinces in it..and i agree that quinces are one of autumn's joys..they look pretty on the tree, scent a room with a heavenly perfume when inside and taste amazing however they're used.. x

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    1. I know you understand these things Jane!

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  3. I love the look of quinces...with their cellulitey skin (that reminds me of my thighs actually). Looks like a wonderful cake, and I like the sound of eating them with yoghurt. YUM!

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    1. Thanks Mel, they are a lovely fruit!

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  4. They look beautiful Jane. Stewed quinces with icecream are my favorite...it reminds me of holidays with Old Gran :) xx

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  5. What gorgeous looking quinces! It won't be too long before you'll have so many you won't know what to do with them all!
    x

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  6. Last year the wet weather wiped out our quinces so I'm hoping for at least a few this year. I've never put them in a cake but yours looks divine, so I'll have to try it. I totally agree that you have to admire and smell the quinces for a few days before you eat them.

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    1. Do you have many quince trees Anne? Are they old trees? I am interested!

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  7. Start collecting all those quince recipes for the next crop. hopefully you'll get buckets and buckets full.
    x

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  8. Beautiful! I can't find them to buy around here, let alone growing them! Next year you'll be making quince paste, Jane! :)

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    1. I hope to make quince paste next year Celia, thanks for calling in x

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  9. *sigh* quinces. I finally summoned my quince courage up this year (I really want to make a paste) I know the time is right and I'll be buggered if I can find any. One market stall holder said it was a bad season for his lot and that's the only inkling I've had. Maybe next year... *dramatic sigh again*
    Your cake looks lovely Jane.

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    1. Thank you Brydie! Celia said she was having trouble buying them too. I hope you find some...it will be worth it when you do :)

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    2. I found one...yep one. That's all I have. If you had one solitary quince and had never cooked with it before what would do with it dear Shady Baker?

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    1. Thank you Lizzy. I know you understand the beauty of quinces too!

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  11. I wish we could grow quince, Im still contemplating if I should stick in a tree and see if it will produce. It just doesn't get so cold here. I would of loved to taste your boiled quince and vanilla. :-)

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, it might be worth a try!

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  12. Right, that's sold it to me! I'm adding a quince tree to the list of things I need to plant in my new-to-me garden! I also plan to add a lemon tree and a lime tree. I wonder if I could get my hands on a fig cutting somewhere as well? Hmm, will have to put some research into that!

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    1. Yes, plant a quince Naomi, I believe they do very well in your part of the world! Everyone garden needs citrus trees too...right!?

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane