Have you discovered the wonderful flavor of the quince?
The fruit has been cultivated for thousands of years, but often isn’t easy to find here in the US. I’m glad to see that they are making a comeback.
The flavor is similar to an apple, but the texture is very different. Instead of being crisp and juicy, they are dryer and almost spongy when raw. You can eat them fresh, but many prefer the more intense flavor they get after being cooked.
It’s easy to make this quince and apple combination in a crock pot. It can be done on the stove, but then you’ll need to stir and pay attention, so it doesn’t boil over or stick to the pan. With the slow cooker, I can just put it in and forget about it for awhile. The recipe can be doubled or tripled, if you are feeding a crowd.
Slow Cooker Quince Applesauce
1/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Cinnamon or Apple Pie Spice
Peel, core and chop the fruit.
Add apple & quince pieces, sugar and water to slow cooker.
Cook on high for approx. 1 1/2 hours until fruit is soft.
Blend with an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached. I prefer mine with some little chunks left in it.
Add spices, if you want.
Can be served warm or cold.
Thank you, Melissa’s Produce for the fruit that I used in this recipe.