This is Quince.
This is us when she was getting pretty sick and had to wear a jumper to stay warm.
Christina, I spotted them. Grabbed a handful and took them home, thinking about my pooch.
To make a Quince tarte tatin (in honour of my furry friend), you'll need:
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.
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.
When it's soft and easily poked with a knife, scoop out the fruit with a slotted spoon, but keep the poaching liquid.
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.
I miss that dog. If you live in Putney, can I stroke your dog? thanks.
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