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This recipe comes straight from Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion.
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 cups hot water
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 cinnamon stick
4 quinces, washed
Peel and core the quinces then cut into wedges. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and heat over medium, stirring. Once the sugar has dissolved, simmer for 3-4 minutes before slipping in the fruit. Cut a piece of baking paper to fit just inside the pan and press it down on the surface of the syrup, cover and poach on a low heat for 3 hours.
1 cup caster sugar
zest of one orange
juice of one orange
1 1/4 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
100g sour cream
Preheat oven to 180C and butter a 20cm cake tin. Cream butter, sugar and orange zest together until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one by one, beating well between each addition. Fold through the orange juice, flour and cream then spoon batter into the prepared cake tin. Arrange sliced poached quince on the top of the cake and bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden and the cake’s sides are beginning to pull away from the tin. Cool on a wire rack and then serve with a dollop of the sweet yogurt (recipe below).
2 sheets titanium strength gelatin
400ml quince poaching liquid
Soak the gelatin sheets in a shallow dish of cold water for five minutes or until nice and soft. Meanwhile bring half of the quince liquid to the boil in a small saucepan. Remove the gelatin sheets from the cold water, squeeze excess water out and place gelatin in the boiling poaching liquid. Whisk until the gelatine dissolves completely. Then add this mixture to the remaining poaching liquid and stir well. Pour this into one large mould or a mixture of pretty little glasses and place in the fridge for a few hours to set. Serve with a dollop of sweet yogurt (recipe below).
This is a great alternative to cream or ice cream, the basic idea is to use one part condensed milk to three parts natural yogurt and then to flavour if you like with some orange juice, vanilla bean or other flavouring. After a few hours in the fridge it sets into a lovely thick custard and is just delicious with pretty much anything.
1/3 cup condensed milk
1 cup natural (Greek) yogurt
1 tbsp orange juice
Mix everything together and then leave in the fridge for at least two hours.