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