30.3.09

there is beauty in everything

they never cease to amaze me....

its quince season...and i love them...

i love that the plain ordinary looking fruit can transform themselves into something so beautiful..

i love the colour...the scent...the flavour....the surprise in their cooking....
but ohhh the flavour...

quince jelly

1.3 kg quince fruit..washed and quartered
2 lemons...halved
1/2 cup water
two cinnamon sticks
1kg sugar

place fruit, lemons, cinnamon and water in a large pan and simmer until the fruit is soft and pulpy.
place in muslin/gauze and hang over a bowl overnight. don't be tempted to squeeze the pulp hasten the process or the jelly will go cloudy.
place the collected juice back into a clean pan and bring to the boil. slowly add the sugar and continuously stir until it comes to the boil. turn the heat down to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 2 hours, or until setting point is reached.
bottle while hot into sterilized jars. you can add a sprig of rosemary to each jar or a bay leaf and as you pour the hot jelly into the jar, the herb will infuse into the jelly giving it an additional flavour...

this jelly keeps for well over 12 months if sealed properly...
trust me it is worth the effort.... its delicious on toast...delicious with cold meats....delicious on a cheese board....

6 comments:

t does wool said...

lovely recipe...now,to find some quince :)

ann I am said...

I'll bet breakfast at your house is amazingly tasty.

Rae said...

wow! I'm going to go out on a limb here and reveal my true ignorance...I've never heard of a quince before!!

Renee said...

I've never trid quince, looks and sounds delicious!

pebbledash said...

That quince jelly looks absolutely delicious!

Amy said...

I agree. They are such a great fruit. I made my first quince crumble of the season tonight.