After our visit to The Hop Shop where we picked some delicious apples and also some quince I was determined to make some Quince Jelly. If successful I thought it would make an ideal treat to add to a homemade hamper for Christmas. I say if successful, as we have never made it before. Although we do make a lot of preserves and chutneys somehow Quince Cheese sounds difficult! Originally I was going to make it in a little metal tins and then seal it with food grade wax, however I discovered that our local cook shop did not sell the wax. I was worried that the quince may go off if I left it much longer so we settled on some little Kilner Jars. In all honestly they would suit jelly better than cheese but Monkey had his heart set on cheese so heres how we got on…

Making Quince Cheese

First you need to wash the quince. I also removed the stalks and the leaves at the bottom. Then you chop them roughly, now this could be where I made my first mistake. I’m not sure I cut them small enough. I quartered each and then cut each quarter into two or three depending not the size of the quince. You do not need to core them, remove the skin or the seeds. As once cooked down you put the pulp though a sieve so everything can stay in. Which is just as well as they were much harder to cut than I thought they would be.

Making Quince CheeseOnce chopped Monkey transferred them to the jam pan and added some water. Ideally you only need to make sure the pieces are just covered before allowing it to simmer down to a pulp. In theory this should only take an hour. Which is why I think I may have made a mistake, as it took ours nearer three hours and I had to keep topping up the water otherwise it would have burnt.  Mistake number two, it may have burnt a little!

In the end I took a fork to it and started to break it down myself. By this time it had turned into an orangey colour. I left it to cool down over night, and then with the help of Hubby passed it through a sieve using a spatular. It was easy to do and generated a lot more pulp that I imagined.

Making Quince Cheese

Once completed weigh the pulp  and return it to the pan before adding an equal amount of granulated sugar. Monkey was eager to help out again, so he added the sugar and then enjoyed mixing it together to make it disappear.

Making Quince Cheese  Making Quince Cheese

Once it has been throughly mixed together it can go back on the heat and brought to a simmer. You need to let it simmer for about an hour. Although you will need to stir it constantly until the sugar disappears and then regularly afterwards, otherwise due to the high sugar content it will stick and burn! We managed to catch ours just in time. Its ready when you draw a straight line across the bottom of the pan and mixture doesn’t spring back straight away.

It took a lot longer than I thought it would to make, but even with our little mistakes it tastes as it should so I think it was a success, I guess we will let the reciprocators decide.

I would love to hear about your favourite recipes in the comments below.

Mudpie xx

Cuddle Fairy
Domesticated Momster

33 Comments

  1. adventureswithmonster Reply

    this is fascinating! would love to try making some, so far we have made apple sauce and damson jam x

  2. I actually saw quince for sale just yesterday, and almost bought them – now I wish I had. I made Damson Cheese years ago – it set so hard we literally couldn’t get it out of the jars lol, have to admit haven’t made a fruit cheese since!

  3. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain Reply

    I’ve never used quinces before, but this sounds lovely. I can imagine it being really lovely with some nice crumbly cheese. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for some. #FoodPornThursdays
    Angela x
    Only Crumbs Remain

  4. This is something totally new to me. Either I have never tried it or it’s been so long that I just can’t remember. It looks easier than it sounds too so I might have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Never even heard of quince! Looks yummy. And great to involve the monkey – giving him a great education in the kitchen. Hope to teach my little one too.

  6. Katie (Growing Up KaterTot) Reply

    I have never tried making quince cheese. It does sound intimidating, but you got on well! To answer your question about favorite recipes, we have been dabbling with oatmeal lately. I use steel cut oats and add some water and different fruits into the crock pot. So far, my favorite crock pot oatmeals have been pumpkin and banana 🙂

  7. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) Reply

    I love baking but have never made jam or jelly before. Oh I did make Lemon curd once and it was yummy. I have never tried quince x

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    What a great project! Monkey is a top notch helper in the kitchen I see. I’ve never had Quince Jelly before, this sounds like a great Christmas treat. x

  9. What a lovely idea and it is so cute to see the kids involved. I have never made my own quince jelly, though I do really like it x

  10. Never used Quince but if I’m honest I’ve never heard about it before. We make fairy cakes, that’s about it. Would love to try make jam sometime though.

  11. Michelle Murray Reply

    I have never heard of Quine before. Looks looks interesting though, I’m not the greatest at cooking but do like experimenting

  12. I’ve made quine jelly before and really enjoyed the flavour and the aroma. I bought three quince this month to use in apple tarts but they were all rotten inside, sadly.
    Aren’t quine SO hard to chop?!
    #kidsinthekitchen

    • Oh no that’s a shame 🙁 I know I had no idea half way through I regretted not getting Hubby to do the chopping!! Thanks for stopping by xx

  13. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed Reply

    You’re so lucky to be able to get hold of some quince, I love a quince jelly. Looks like your little helper enjoyed himself. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • He really did, considering having a go at growing one but think they take a long time to provide fruit!! Thank you for stopping by xx

  14. Sara Handy Herbs Reply

    What a lovely idea to make this for Christmas hampers. Monkey looks like he had a great time being involved 🙂 #KidsintheKitchen

  15. I have never heard of quince cheese before it sounds fab and I love that Monkey got so involved! How lovely that he was able to help make some christmas gifts too! Thankyou for sharing this fab idea with #kidsinthekitchen!

    • Thanks for hosting lovely can’t wait to put the hampers together planning on making some Christmas decorations too! Xx

  16. You have way more patience than me loves! I love to cook and do a lot of it from scratch but canning and jams and anything like that I just know would most likely not turn out edible. Love all your pics and thanks for sharing with #foodpornthursdays.

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