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Membrillo and aged Manchego


Membrillo, the Spanish version of quince paste, tends to be a bit lighter than Australian styles. It's wonderful just served with cheese, as we do here with Spain's Manchego sheep's milk cheese, but you can also add a spoonful to meat pan juices - think duck and beef - with a touch of water for a great finishing sauce.

You'll need

1 kg quince (about 2), peeled, cored and each cut into 8 cubed pieces 800 gm caster sugar (you may not need it all) 1 tsp sherry vinegar To serve: aged Manchego, crackers and muscatels

Method

  • 01
  • Cook quince in a saucepan of simmering water over medium-high heat until tender (15-20 minutes), then drain, reserving 250ml cooking liquid and set aside. Weigh quince and combine with an equal amount of sugar, then blend in a food processor with reserved liquid and vinegar until smooth. Pass through a coarse sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible, then return to a saucepan over low heat and stir, occasionally at first, then continuously, as the mixture thickens until it holds a trail when you pass a spoon through it and is a deep pink colour (1½-2 hours). Transfer to a lightly oiled 20cm round cake tin and set aside at room temperature to cool, then refrigerate to set (2-3 hours). Membrillo will keep refrigerated for 2 weeks.
  • 02
  • Serve membrillo with Manchego, crackers and muscatels.

At A Glance

  • Serves 20 people
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  • Serves 20 people

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