The Quince Diaries (5)

 Quince tarte tatin. I found this recipe on David Lebovitz's delicious blog here.
What you do is poach some quinces in sugar syrup. Then you put some of the syrup in a flameproof baking tin, I used one of these. Reduce the syrup until sticky and gorgeous, place the quince halves rounded side down in the syrup and cover with a disc of pastry.

Pop it into the oven.

Warm, crumbly pastry, sweet, juicy fruit and luscious clotted cream. Perfection.


  1. Marie Antoinette would eat this kind of malarkey. Yum.

  2. Would you like to come to my home and cook for us? Please? My mouth is watering.

  3. Looks delicious! I have no idea what quinces taste like but by the look of it I'm sure I would love it.
    All this free bounty is great isn't it ? - as long as your family loves them too. Very economical and you are so good at using it all up in such a varity of ways.
    A question- Did you plant the tree yourself because you love quinces or was it there when you bought the house and you have just become a quince expert?

  4. I want to make this, but could you do it with something else instead of quinces? Pears, maybe? (I don't think I've ever seen nor tasted a quince in my whole life - somehow I don't think they are a tropical fruit?? ;-) )

  5. oh wow... there went my willpower for the evening....

  6. Helsie, I planted the tree with the help of my mum. I had bought quinces occasionally and wanted my own supply -be careful what you wish for!

    Caz, tarte tatin is usually made with apples. It can be made with all sorts of fruit. Savoury versions are good too, Nigella has an onion version with a cheesey pastry which is very good. If you look on wikipedia you will find the story behind tarte tatin and why it is upside down. I'm sure quinces are grown in Australia, they grow anywhere apples grow ;o)

  7. There's a delicious pecan, pear and cranberry upside down cake in one of Diana Henry's books; I wonder if that would work as a tarte tatin?

  8. Hi Sue
    I am absolutely loving the quince diaries! I check in everyday to see what delights you have created with this wonderful fruit - and everyday I marvel at your industry. Its also giving me a really traditional autumn feeling - storing up and battening down.Good job Im not your neighbour id be making a pest of myself keep popping in for a taste! Best wishes Claire

  9. pati from London5:43 pm BST

    Sue, it looks delicious!!!!! On Saturday I discovered that they sell quince-membrillo in my local deli and bought some.... It was yummy!! xx

  10. oh nom nom nom Sue! That looks Gurt lush as they say in Bristol. x

  11. I have never had a quince but your photos make them look absolutely yummy!

  12. Oh Sue, that looks absolutely delicious, especially with a grand dollop of clotted cream.
    Jill x


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