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Drunken Quince

Recipe by Winnie Jones.


  • 4-6 quinces

  • 1-2 cups of caster sugar, to taste

  • 8 cloves

  • 2 vanilla pods or 2 tsps vanilla essence/extract

  • red wine

  • thickened double cream

  • sprig of mint to garnish


  • 1.

    Peel, quarter and core quinces.

  • 2.

    Place fruit in a pan and sprinkle over it the sugar, cloves and vanilla.

  • 3.

    Cover with red wine, put on the lid, bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer.

  • 4.

    If after half an hour, the fruit is just firm to the touch - this could take up to an hour with bigger fruit - remove the quinces, leaving the juice in the pan.

  • 5.

    Turn up the heat, and reduce the pan juices for 15-20 minutes until they thicken to a delicious purple syrup.

  • 6.

    Add more sugar if required.

  • 7.

    Pour the liquid over the quinces.

  • 8.

    Place two or three quince quarters in each serving dish with a good dollop of double cream, and a sprig of mint.

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