Friday, January 13, 2017

Quince And Apple Crumble

"Nammi !,  I left a new kind of fruit in the fruit basket downstairs  " came   my father's voice,  as I  crossed his  clinic to go inside the house. My father loves to visit the market and now a days the market is brimming with  fresh fruits exported from abroad  and sold by an expat working( yes I am being sarcastic here)    " The shopkeeper said it was a kind of pear"  he added.  I discovered he had bought a whole bag of Quince.
He wasn't very happy to find out from me that the fruit was inedible on its own eaten whole as it was pretty tart but best eaten cooked either in sweet or savory dishes.  Click here to find out more about Quince and how to cook it here


I have never cooked or seen a Quince before except online and in books so was pretty excited.  I discovered it was pretty difficult  to even cut through them  as they were pretty  hard fleshed.  I found a recipe for poaching   quince , but used  my own version for crumble mix and added an apple in to the fruit mix in the last minute.  It was pretty good! I love the way the white fleshed quince turns a lovely pink colour when it cooks and the flesh is soft and delicious!. Because the poaching liquid was quite sweet I used a simple store bought custard powder to make some custard or just add some regular cream on top to serve. Best served warm   and consumed  withing 1-2 days and the crumble should never be kept in fridge as the topping becomes hard. You can make the crumble ahead and bake just an hour before serving so you are able to serve a nice warm or lukewarm  crumble with cold cream  or custard on top.

Recipe: Quince and Apple  Crumble ( Quince poaching recipe adapted from Quince Crumble pots recipe)

1 large Quince
150g sugar
500 ml water
1/2 lime
a bit of cinammon, I used a 1  inch piece
1 star anise
1 apple

Crumble topping:  1 cup flour
                               1 tsp baking powder
                               1/4 tsp ground cinammon
                               1/3 cup sugar
                               100g butter, softened

First you have to prepare the Quince, Peel and cut the fruit into quarters and then each quarter in to three  or four slices and remove the core.  I used a peeler to peel it.  Rub a little lime juice from the lime half on the slices.

Next  fill a sauce pan with 500 ml water and add the sugar and whole spices and lime juice ( don't squeeze the  life out of the lime though) . Once the sugar dissolves add the  Quince, bring to a quick boil  and then simmer   on a low heat till the quince softens about an hour  or so.  Once the quince starts to soften add the apple, ( sliced and cored,I didnt peel but if you can if you like) .  Cook another 10 minutes and then remove and pour this into  a 6 cup  capacity oven dish, which has been lightly buttered. Set aside

Preheat your oven to 200 degree celcius.

Now  for the crumble, sift the flour  into a bowl, add baking powder and sugar  and cinamman Mix your hands.

Now add the butter, and using your finger tips rub the butter into the flour till it resembles something like large breadcrumbs not fine ones.   You might get big bits  of it too but its ok.

Sprinkle this on top of the fruit mix   dont pat it down!.  Place on a  baking tray ( in case the filling bubbles out when cooking) and pop in the  oven . Bake for 20- 30 minutes till the top is golden and  the filling is bubbling.

Cool slightly and Serve with cream  or custard.


  1. I simply can't resist anything with crumble! This looks divine, Nammi.

  2. Oh, how yummy! I have never seen this fruit before, Nammi but I can imagine how delicious this is. Good idea to use it in a crumble.

  3. Nice to know about a new fruit..And what a lovely idea to use it,looks delicious!

  4. I remember Fami using quince in one of her recipes on her blog sometime back and I commenting that it did look like a pear to me! love the pretty color and definitely crumble tastes delicious with a nice douse of warm custard...

  5. This looks so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!! <3 -

  6. So great! I bought a large quince a couple of weeks ago and wanted to make a chicken and quince stew but never got to it. I might use it for this crumble instead, it would be something new and the kids would love it for sure.

  7. thats a funny story about your Dad, he's a foodie and I adore crumble.

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