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Quince Paste (Membrillo)

Quince paste is sweet with a delightfully delicate floral taste. A common presentation is to serve 1/4" thick slices of Manchego cheese with a thin 1/8" slice of quince paste atop. The sweet fruit is a perfect complement to the pungent cheese.

Article by: Barbara Bowman

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Featured Recipe: Phyllo Cups with Chevre and Quince Paste

Serves: 12

6 phyllo pastry sheets, thawed, stacked and cut into 4 stacks lengthwise, forming 24 rectangles, roughly 17 inches x 3 1/4-inches
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup crushed toasted almonds or hazelnuts
4 ounces soft goat cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
3 ounces membrillo (quince paste, available at, chopped or cut into shapes

Preheat oven to 375. Generously butter each muffin cup in a 12-cup mini muffin pan.
Place 1 phyllo rectangle on work surface; cover remaining phyllo with a damp cloth to prevent drying. Brush rectangle with melted butter and add second phyllo rectangle atop first; brush with butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds. Add a third rectangle and brush with butter. Add the fourth rectangle and repeat with the butter, sugar and almonds. Add a fifth and sixth rectangle and brush each with melted butter.
Cut this strip into 5 equal pieces and place each piece in a muffin cup, pushing down so the phyllo covers the bottom and sides. Repeat the above steps with the remaining phyllo.
Bake cups in 375 degree oven until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Immediately lift cups from pan, twisting carefully to loosen; place on rack. Cool completely. (Can be made 2 days ahead and stored at room temperature in an airtight container.)
Puree the cream cheese and goat cheese in a food processor until smooth. Fill a pastry bag with a fluted tip with mixture and pipe into phyllo cups. Garnish with chopped quince paste.

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The quince fruit contains a high amount of pectin so it inherently makes very good jam or paste.

Fresh quince may be available in your local market from October to December. Fruits should have no sign of green.  Store quince in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two months.
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Quince Nutrition

1 fruit without refuse
Total fat (g)0
Saturated fat (g)0
Monounsaturated fat (g)0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)0
Dietary fiber (g)2
Protein (g)0
Carbohydrate (g)14
Cholesterol (mg)0
Sodium (mg)4
 Potassium (mg)