I got three lovely little letters for you. P-I-E. Anytime is pie time. So it was decided that my pretty little quince was going into my belly (and unfortunately straight to my hips) in pie form. A little research into cooking with quince concluded with the unanimous decision of one that this bad boy needed to be poached to soften it up. Since everything I read said how unedible quince is in its raw state, I of course had to taste it. It wasn't as nasty as I expected it to be but it was slightly tough to cut up. It was dry tasting but you could taste a floraly appley peary flavour. Definitely a nice change from the usual apple or pie tart that cooked up fairly quickly.
The Boy hasn't tasted it yet as he gorged himself on the lasagne at dinner but I had a small slice last night and have been picking at it all day. A winner.
QUINCE AND PEAR PIE
1 Quince cored and cut into eights
1 Pear cored and cut into sixths
225 g. Sugar
1 pt. Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 Whole Star Anise
For the pastry-
120 g. Butter
200 g. Plain Flour
1 Egg Yolk
2 tbsp. Sugar
Make the pastry first- blend the butter and flour until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and yolk. Roll into a ball, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan that is deep enough to fit the quince. Once the sugar is melted, add the cinnamon stick, star anise and the quince. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the quince is softened but not mushy. Remove from the syrup and allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Take the pastry out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Roll out onto a floured surface and make a disc slightly larger than the pie dish.
In an ovenproof pie dish (or any shape dish- mine was oval shaped), place the pieces of quince and pear in random order. Add a quarter of the syrup. Place the pastry on top and crimp the extra pastry along the dish. Slice a small hole in the middle so the steam can release.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.