Quince tarte tatin

This is Quince.
I had her for fifteen years, from the day she was born, until she died last year. She was named after the quince tree in the garden that was in flower when she was born.

This is us when she was getting pretty sick and had to wear a jumper to stay warm.
She was the best dog ever. She was probably half the reason I love quinces so much now. I hardly ever see them in the shops, but when I happened to be in Whole Foods this weekend with Christina, I spotted them. Grabbed a handful and took them home, thinking about my pooch.
You could definitely make this with apples, but quinces have the most amazing smell. When you cut into them they're all tough and white and don't smell like much, and definitely don't have much juice. But when you cook them, this amazing smell comes out and they turn pink.

To make a Quince tarte tatin (in honour of my furry friend), you'll need:
4-5 quinces
1 cup sugar
a vanilla pod
1 unwaxed lemon, halved

puff pastry (or shortcrust, depends on what you prefer).
By all means make it from scratch, but the pre-made stuff is pretty good.

Fill  a large-ish sauce pan with water and add the sugar and the lemon. Put over a medium heat and leave to simmer.

Get a strong sharp knife and cut your first quince in half. Cut out all the fibrous middle part and cut off the skin. It's hard work and you'll probably develop a claw shaped hand for an hour or so after. Cut the quince into pieces, kind of the size of the sliced peaches you get in a can. As soon as you slice each piece, put it into the pan. Being in the water with the lemon stops it browning.
Peel and chop all of your fruit until the pan is full.
Get some greaseproof paper and cut it into a circle with a hole in the middle. Put it over the water and fruit and leave to simmer for at least an hour. This fruit is TOUGH.
Your house will smell amazing, you'll miss your dog.

When it's soft and easily poked with a knife, scoop out the fruit with a slotted spoon, but keep the poaching liquid.
Grab a reasonable sized dish to make your tarte in. You can definitely use a cast iron pan, I just haven't got one. I find it's easier to line it with greaseproof paper too. So do that.

Scoop out 1 1/4 cups of the poaching liquid and put it into a little pan. Add another couple of tbsp of sugar and reduce over a medium heat until you've got a thicker caramel type liquid. When it's reduced to about 1/4 of a cup of liquid, take off the heat and pour into your tarte pan.
Add the pieces of quince, snugly and in a appealing pattern, no one likes a messy tarte.
Grab your pastry and cut it to the size of your dish. Cover the fruit and tuck it down all around the edges.
Bake at 375F/190C for around 45 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
Let it rest for a few minutes, then carefully put a plate on top, and skillfully flip it over. I know you can do it.
It's crazy how pink it gets.
I've been listening to this playlist while I ride my bike down hills and through leaves, I thought you might like it too.

I miss that dog. If you live in Putney, can I stroke your dog? thanks.

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Download the playlist here.

Track listing:
Feist - Comfort me
Warpaint - Billie Holiday
Alligator Creek - Death, in the soil
Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Pictures
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vegan.in.brighton said...

That's gorgeous. I had a quince tree in my garden growing up so I'd love to make this!

Amey said...

oh, i Love this post. I love it so much because I love dogs and i love quinces. I know how it feels to miss a furry friend, and I also know what a treat it is, each year, to find quinces in the market again. Thanks for a great recipe, I'll bookmark it. Our quinces still need a couple more weeks.

Brittany Boersma said...

I have never had a quince before but this looks soo nice!

carly mary said...

your photos bring tears to my eyes.

Christina said...

Aww quince is such a perfect name for a dog, I love his little jumper! Lovely x

aDeLiNe said...

You're one of my favourite storytellers. I heart you. xxx

maya said...

So sweet (in more ways than one)

HelenaLaJaguar said...

This looks amazing! As always!
But hey!!!! YOU LIVE IN PUTNEY?!!
My father used to live there when he stood in the UK for 2 eyars! I visited! Back in '04! *-*
That's amazing to know that you live there,too. ^^
Missed you, BTW

Marisa said...

Aw! I will send you Moxie Parker in a box (perforated with air holes, of course). She may not be a doggie, but she will give you plenty of kisses and fun to make sure you are no longer sad!

celine said...

<3 you. that first picture, man.