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Nici Wickes: Gently spiced quince cake

Author
Nici Wickes,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 Apr 2022, 10:01am
(Photo / Nici Wickes)
(Photo / Nici Wickes)

Nici Wickes: Gently spiced quince cake

Author
Nici Wickes,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 Apr 2022, 10:01am

Quince season is upon us and this recipe offers something different from the usual quince paste. This beautifully fragrant cake is great for dessert or with a cuppa.

  • Quince
  • 1.5L water 150g caster sugar 3 medium quinces 1 lemon
  • Cake 125g butter
  • 200g honey 125g dark muscovado sugar (can use brown sugar) 2 medium eggs 1 cup poaching syrup from the fruit
  • 250g self-raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp baking soda

1. Peel the quince and halve them. Place in a pot with water, lemon juice and sugar and simmer for one hour or until soft. With a sharp knife or spoon, remove the core when they’re cool enough to handle. Slice each quince into 4 slices.

2. Pre-heat your oven at 180 C. Grease and line a 23cm cake tin. Arrange the quince slices at the bottom in a single layer.

3. Melt butter and stir it into the muscovado sugar and honey in a mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs with 1 cup of the poaching liquid and pour these into the bowl and stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix to a smooth batter. It will be a slightly runny batter but fear not! Pour over the quinces in the tin.

4. Bake the cake for around 40-45 minutes.

5. Serve warm with custard and cream or ice cream.

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