From jams and pancakes to pies and tarts, these quince recipes will tantalize your tastebuds.
With its beautiful yellow hue and lightly floral taste, quince can be used in all sorts of recipes, from sweet to savory.
Often overlooked in favor of more popular summer fruits, like peaches or plums, these quince recipes are here to prove it deserves to be in the spotlight.
So get ready to fall in love and make quince your new summer star.
20 Favorite Recipes With Quince
This sweet and savory recipe is one of my favorite dinner combinations!
The quince is stewed with plums, onions, tomatoes, and spices, creating a fragrant dish for summer.
The key is to use ripe fruits that are soft enough to eat. If you can’t find any, substitute apples or pears.
I like to serve this dish with couscous to make it a complete meal.
Membrillo (sweet quince paste) is a delicious Spanish treat. It’s made by cooking quince until it’s soft, then pureeing it and adding sugar.
The mixture is then cooked again until it forms a thick paste, after which you refrigerate it for at least 24 hours.
Membrillo is often served with cheese, creating a delicious and unique flavor combination.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making your own Membrillo at home? It’ll take your charcuterie game to the next level!
I love baked fruits because while they don’t need a lot to whip up, they always taste incredible.
For example, this dish calls for just quinces, brown sugar, honey, and butter. That’s it!
Quinces are very hard and sour when raw, but they become soft and sweet when baked.
And like any yummy baked fruit, this recipe enhances the natural sweetness. Plus, the sugar and butter caramelize a little until they’re warm and rich.
This recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!
If you like desserts with a twist, you have to try this scrummy self-saucing pudding.
Made with quince and apple, it had a wonderfully unique flavor that’s both sweet and tart.
And if you’ve never had a self-saucing pud before, you’re in for a treat.
Between the golden syrup and fruit juices, you’ll find a delicious syrup under the sponge that keeps this juicy and tender.
5. Quince Jelly
Looking for a way to add some excitement to your morning toast? Quince jelly is the perfect solution!
It’s super easy to make, only needs three ingredients, and brings a light, fruity sweetness you’ll love.
I like to use it as a spread on toast or crackers, but it can also be used as a filling for cakes or pies. Yum!
This quince dessert is truly special and totally Insta-worthy!
Featuring a bright red color, it’s both delicious and visually appealing.
Chopped walnuts give it that extra crunch and a pop of contrasting colors. Though they’re optional if you’re allergic.
Maybe add some cookie crumbles instead.
I like to serve it with whipped cream or ice cream.
Tarte tatin (pronounced “taart tuh-tan”) is a traditional French dessert that calls for sliced fruit, puff pastry, and caramel.
The fruit softens and releases its natural juices, which soak into the pastry, leaving it crisp on the top and tender underneath.
It’s way easier to make than you think, and it’s always a hit!
Apples and quinces are a match made in heaven, and this recipe is proof!
This dish combines the sweetness of apple with the tartness of quince, along with browned butter for a richer, deeper flavor.
Tarts can be complicated to make, but this recipe gives you easy-to-follow steps. So, it’s a breeze to whip up.
As much as I love tarts, you just can’t beat a lattice-top pie. It’s rustic yet impressive, and it’s stunning when the juices bubble up.
And lattice is another simple technique anyone can master. So don’t be intimidated.
Follow the instructions carefully, and you’ll be able to create a beautifully intricate design in no time.
Slatko od dunja is a traditional Serbian recipe that’s truly decadent and delectable.
Serbia is known for having some of the best quality quinces around. So it makes sense they know how to cook it.
You’ll poach the quince in sugar syrup until soft, and then place the mixture in jars.
This dessert works great as a spread, ice cream topping, or cake filling.
Lamb and quince is the dinner duo you never knew you needed.
This recipe features impossibly tender lamb glazed with a wonderfully sweet and sticky glaze.
It’s as easy as roasting the meat, then basting it with a generous portion of quince paste. Then, after another spin in the oven, it’s good to go.
Quince empanadas are a traditional Spanish recipe you’ll want to make all summer.
The filling features grated quince and orange juice. That makes it tart and sweet with a lovely note of citrus.
I like to serve this dish with a homemade sweet wine sauce, but it tastes delicious on its own too.
13. Quince Liqueur
If you’re in it for the long haul, then this recipe is for you. I promise, this quince liquor is so good, it’s totally worth the wait.
Don’t be scared, but this recipe takes a couple of months to complete.
Well, the cooking part takes less than one day, but you have to leave the mixture to infuse for at least two months.
That said, it’s ideal for unique holiday gifts!
On the hunt for a light, fruity summer cake that’s a little different? Try this quince and almond sponge.
Featuring almond flour, plain yogurt, a splash of rum, and vanilla-poached quinces, it’s beyond delish!
15. Quince Jam
Quince jam is a delicious way to enjoy this seasonal fruit – and to ensure it’s good all year.
Just cook the quince with sugar and water until soft and thick. At that point, feel free to add vanilla or spices, such as cardamom.
Serve it with pancakes, slather it on biscuits, or eat it right from the jar!
If you like chicken with mango or pineapple, I know you’ll love this chicken and quince recipe.
It’s lightly sweet with a terrific layer of crunch from the almonds.
Ready in under an hour, it’s jam-packed with flavor and sure to satisfy your family.
Here’s another fantastic chicken and quince recipe, and this one has an extra colorful addition.
Carrots are naturally sweet and savory, so they flawlessly tie the juicy chicken with the sweet quiche.
I recommend serving this with rice because it doesn’t overpower other flavors. That said, some herbed potatoes would be great too.
Caraway has a pleasantly complex flavor, including pepper, citrus, and even anise.
It pairs well with chicken as well as quince, so it makes sense to mix all three!
The result is a sweet and savory chicken dish that’ll excite your taste buds.
Serve it with a side of roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. Delish!
This sponge is moist and flavorful, with the perfect amount of sweetness. But it’s the caramelized quince topping that really takes it to the next level.
When cooked, the quince slices become soft and almost toffee-like, and they pair delightfully with the rich caramel sauce.
Feel free to substitute apples or pears if you can’t find quince.
If you need something simple for summer, this sorbet has your name on it.
Sweet, rich, creamy, and cool, it’s a fantastic way to end a big meal. Or just when you need something sweet on a hot day.
It’s effortless to whip up and ideal on top of baked quinces.
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