Membrillo, also known as quince paste, is probably one of the best things you’ll ever taste. This is absolutely not an exaggeration, I promise. I brought membrillo to a friend’s potluck party once, and everyone loved it so much it was nicknamed “love in your mouth.” That good. I buy it from the store all the time, but yikes, this stuff has tons of sugar in it.
Why am I so obsessed with Membrillo? Well, its traditionally from Spain, and that’s where my family is from (and actually most of them still live there.) I spent most of my childhood summers over there, playing with my cousins and eating amazing Spanish food. Some of my favorite – membrillo, gazpacho, natillas -aren’t as common here. So I either have to make a trip to a specialty store (and probably spend more than I’d like ) or wait for some nice family member to bring me some (cough, Mom, cough).
So last weekend when I was at the farmers market, and I saw actual quinces for the first time in my life
I completely freaked out and bought tons of quince I decided to make membrillo at home. I figured if I made it at home I could make it with organic sugar, which as I mentioned when I was making candied walnuts, has a much lower glycemic index than regular refined white sugar. Which means I can eat a bunch of this an call it healthy(ish).
Now I’m not going to lie, this recipe is super easy, and only takes 2 ingredients! But it is very, very time consuming. It took almost all day to make – but most of that time you aren’t paying attention to it. This works well for me so I can try out other recipes, or play with my pup, Oreo. Any time I’m not paying attention to him is a time he think I should be paying more attention to him. So less time at the stove good. Less time with with Oreo bad. So if you have some time on your hands ( like on oh a lazy Saturday at home maybe…), and you want know what love in your mouth, then definitely give this a whirl. If you aren’t vegan, it is amazzzzzing with cheese and bread. For vegans, pair this with a baguette and some pear (see what I did there?) and you will have an awesome treat. Happy eating!
- 5-6 Quince
- Organic Sugar (like Wholesome Sweetners)
- Wash, peel and core quinces, and chop into approximately 1 inch square cubes. Put them in a large pot, and fill with water so that it just covers the top of the quinces. Boil for about 30 minutes or until very soft. Remove excess water and let cool.
- Using an immersion blender or food processor (being careful of the hot liquid) blend the fruit until very, very smooth.
- Add equal parts organic sugar to the amount of fruit pulp and cook in the pot for about 1 hour, until quince turns a deep orange cooler.
- Transfer membrillo to a pan lined with parchment and cook in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour - to an hour and a half.
- Remove membrillo and let cool. It will solidify more as it cools, so do not overcook. You want it, when cool, to be soft and spreadable.