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Friday, May 29, 2015

Quince curd tarts

I have a friend who is an amazing cook, baker, cheese maker, caterer, fruit grower and all round whiz in the kitchen.  She and her family are generous and thoughtful and the kind of people you can always rely on.  Recently, in a split second accident their lives were turned inside out and upside down and perhaps changed forever.  Many miles from home and amongst unimaginable upheaval my friend remembered her quince tree and knew that this year, she wouldn’t be cooking any of the precious fruit.  

This amazing woman also managed to remember me and arranged to have the quinces sent in my direction.


It was one of those sunny, sparkly autumn afternoons when I picked up this basket.  Joy, gratitude and sadness rushed over me all at the same time.  Instead of enjoying the warmth and autumn light in her kitchen, this year my friend is far from home clinging to hope and bravely holding her family together.


Something special needed to be done with these quinces.  Enter quince curd tarts. 

I made the curd using this recipe and the little tart shells using a dependable pastry recipe from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook.  



Showered with a little icing sugar my whole family tested these as soon as they were cool enough to safely eat.  Buttery, lemony quince goodness sitting on a flaky pillow.  


Sending you all some sparkly autumn sunshine for your Friday x

30 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh. I hope your friend and her family will be okay. Now I know what to do with the quince tree I spied down the street in our new neigbourhood.

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    1. Grab those quinces while you can Zena!

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  2. These look beautiful Jane. Sending love to your friend x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, always love to hear from you x

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  3. YUM! I just made some lemon curd, and now I want to rush off and make some little tartlets!!

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    1. Hooray for tarts Cheryl...that is my motto.

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  4. I hope your friend and her family are ok, Jane. Sometimes we close our eyes for a heartbeat and open them again and everything has changed. It can be brutal - how kind of her to find the space in the midst of it all to remember her quinces and her friend. xxx

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    1. Thank you Celia, your comments are always heart warming xx

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  5. Sometimes we need to sit still and count our blessings; the trouble is that it takes a life changing event to make us realise. I always love photos of your little tarts - for some reason they make me happy. Sending you fresh spring sunshine in return. x

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    1. Hooray for tiny tarts and sunshine Anne...the simple things in life x

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  6. Life is so unpredictable and can change in an instant. I do hope your friend and her family are ok, Jane. How amazing of her to think of you. Her precious quinces have definitely not gone to waste – those tarts look delicious. Sending all good wishes to you and your friend. Sam x

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    1. Thank you Sam, you are so kind.

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  7. Oh Jane, I am so sorry to hear about your friend and her family. Life can be so cruel at times and I am sending very best wishes. How very kind of your friend to send you those beautiful quinces. You have certainly put them to good use xox

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  8. These little quince tarts look lovely. I must make some quince curd as I have a few left. A beautiful post Jane - best wishes to your friend and her family.

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  9. They look so beautiful Jane. A little piece of autumn held in pastry, just perfect! xx

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    1. You have a beautiful way with words Kate! x

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  10. So sorry to hear about your friend - I hope they'll be okay. Those tarts look amazing.

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  11. Jane I'll bet you brought a smile to your friends face on hearing what you made with her beautiful quinces. Those tiny moments can be a welcome pause on life when it's all going so terribly hard.

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  12. I'm sorry to hear of your friend's troubles and hope that things are sorting out for them.
    These little tarts look quite lovely - I hadn't heard of quince curd before.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, the quince curd recipe I have linked in this post is great.

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  13. i'm sure amongst your friend's troubles, sharing these quinces and your wonderful baking with them would have brought some happiness. they look wonderful!

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  14. So sorry to hear your friend is suffering, such generosity to still think of others

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  15. This is exactly what I need right now.

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  16. This is exactly what I need right now.

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