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Honey-Poached Quinces

Yield 12
Firm fruit like Bosc pears or Golden Delicious apples can be prepared similarly; poach them for 30 minutes.


  • 12 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mild honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest strips from 1 lemon removed with vegetable peeler
  • 12 medium quinces (6 ounces each)--peeled, quartered and cored
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt, for serving

How to Make It

  1. In a large pot, combine the water with the sugar, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the quinces and return to a boil. Cover partially and cook over low heat until tender, about 2 hours. Remove the quinces with a slotted spoon. Boil the syrup until it is reduced to 4 cups, about 20 minutes. Return the quinces to the syrup while it cools.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small heavy skillet, toast the almonds over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Serve the quinces at room temperature or chilled, with their syrup and the yogurt, sprinkled with almonds. Pass the Kourambiedes separately.

  3. Make Ahead: The poached quinces can be refrigerated in the honey syrup for up to 3 days.

  4. Serve With: Kourambiedes