Although unlucky as far as its use in cooking is concerned, the quince has lived of great fame among the ancient peoples for other properties. In fact, several fascinating legends are linked to this very particular fruit.
At the time of the Greeks they are said to be appreciated for their strong scent and often in the representations of mythology we can recognize quince among the fruits exchanged between the gods. According to some evidence from the writings of the ancient authors, they were fruits with a sweet scent but not particularly good to eat, those that were offered in Sparta to the gods: a reference that makes you think of fresh quinces.
Leaving the ancient legends behind, let's go back to the present and give some simple recipes to the palate, hoping that the ancient Greek gods will not be angry.
Baked quinces ??? Super easy
Among the most suitable recipes to serve a different dessert from the usual quince-based, the idea is to propose them cooked in the oven. The preparation is very simple: cut the fruits in half and place them in a baking pan together with sugar, red wine and cloves. Once cooked in the oven (about 1 hour), serve with vanilla ice cream.
I MAKE THE QUINCE JAM LIKE THIS:
I clean the apples well and cut them into quarters without removing the peel, remove the core and proceed to cut them into cubes that I then put them in a bowl with water and lemon juice.
Once brought to a boil a pot of water towards the apples drained of water and lemon juice, I let them cook until the fruit is nice and soft, it will take about 15-20 minutes. At this point I drain the fruit and pass it with the masher or the blender with the blender.
Once the apples are pureed, I transfer them back into a non-stick pan with half a lemon rind and continue cooking over low heat for another 20-30 minutes or until the jam has reached the density I prefer.
I transfer the still boiling jam into glass jars that I close well and place them upside down on a table, leaving them in that position until they have cooled completely and the vacuum is formed.