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Quince Jelly and Paste

One recipe that delivers two treats — use the syrup to make a crystal clear ruby Quince Jelly and the quinces to make a melt-in-the-mouth Quince Paste to enjoy with cheese.

Prep Time

30 mins

Cook Time

24 hours


makes 9 cups jelly and two trays of paste

Gluten Free


Nut Free

Dairy Free


Sauces & Preserves


Snacks & Starters


1 litre water

2.5 kg sugar, plus about 4 cups extra for Quince Paste

2.5-3 kg quinces



Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar (15 minutes).

Wash the whole quinces, removing any fuzz, and add them to the syrup.

Simmer until mixture turns deep, dark red (about 80 minutes), turning fruit now and then so it cooks evenly.


To make Quince Jelly, carefully lift fruit from syrup and set aside to make Quince Paste.

To test whether the syrup is ready to form a jelly, drop a spoonful onto a chilled saucer and allow to cool for a few seconds.

The surface should set – push it with your fingertip; if it wrinkles up, it's ready.

If not, simmer a further 10-15 minutes then retest.

Pour into sterilised, warm jars and seal tightly while still hot.


To make Quince Paste, allow the reserved cooked quinces to cool before removing and discarding the cores.

Purée the flesh then measure the purée.

For every cup of purée stir in 1/2 cup sugar.

Preheat oven to 50˚C fanbake and line 2 sponge roll tins or a large roasting dish with baking paper.

Transfer the purée to prepared tin/s and spread evenly – it should be about 3-4cm thick.

Bake until firm enough to slice (24-30 hours depending on thickness of purée).

Cool, slice and store in a jar of caster sugar in a cool place.

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