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Quince don't always need to be cooked to a deep, dark burgundy. Here they're cooked just until they have a beautiful blush, giving them a lighter taste.

You'll need

130 gm pure icing sugar, sifted 130 gm almond meal 30 gm plain flour, sifted 130 gm butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 2 eggs 25 ml brandy For drizzling: thickened or pouring cream   Poached quince 3 quince, quartered, peel reserved 600 gm white sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 1 cinnamon quill   Shortcrust pastry 300 gm plain flour 220 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped 2 egg yolks

Method

  • 01
  • For poached quince, combine ingredients and 1½ litres water in a saucepan (make sure quince are covered). Bring to a simmer, stir to dissolve sugar, then cook over low heat until blush (4 hours). Cool, refrigerate until chilled (1-2 hours), then strain liquid into a saucepan. Cut quince into wedges and refrigerate until required. Cook liquid over medium-high heat until syrupy (1 hour). Makes 350ml. Syrup will keep for 1 week.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for shortcrust pastry, process flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add egg yolks and process until mixture comes together. Turn dough onto lightly floured work surface and form into a smooth log. Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 45 minutes to rest.
  • 03
  • Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 20cm x 40cm rectangle then line a buttered 13cm x 35cm fluted tart tin. Trim edges and refrigerate until chilled (1-2 hours).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C. Combine icing sugar, almond meal and flour in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Add butter and mix until just incorporated. Gradually add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated, then stir through brandy. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to rest.
  • 05
  • Blind bake tart (15-20 minutes), remove paper and weights and bake until golden and crisp (3-5 minutes). Cool in tart tin on a wire rack.
  • 06
  • Spoon almond mixture into prepared case, level with a moistened spatula and bake until golden and puffed (10-15 minutes). Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with sliced quince and drizzled with quince syrup and cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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Jul 2009

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