Friday, October 9, 2015

Tastings of a Sunset for #thebookclubcookbookCC

I will refrain from posting too many thoughts about the book in this post; I'll reserve that for my real post for this month's #thebookclubcookbookCC. But I will share this recipe and that the inspiration for it comes from Three Junes by Julia Glass*. It's our assigned book for October. You can view hostess Wendy's invitation: here.

As Fenno writes about the table at his dad's memorial, he describes: "After the sweet earthy tajine and tart green salad, the peaches in their purple liqueur are served.... The peaches tastings of a sunset." 

That imagery stuck with me. Tastings of a sunset. So vivid and so pretty! 

When I saw quince at the market this week, I couldn't resist creating my own 'tastings of a sunset' - but with quince instead of peaches. Summer stone fruit are all but gone in my part of the country. But quince? Its short season is just beginning and it has always reminded me of sunset!

Quince are golden-hued till you cook them. Then they take on unique shades of pink, orange, and rose. They are beautiful and I love them. Many people have commented that they don't know what a quince is or they haven't ever had a quince. If you're unfamiliar, here's a piece I wrote for Edible Monterey Bay last August: Queen of Quince Takes Her Show on the Road

I had planned to serve the poached quince for dessert with a dollop of whipped cream. But we didn't eat dessert last night. So, I skipped the liqueur, opting to do the final poaching in tea. Then I spooned some cinnamon-scented yogurt over the top and crumbled some of my flopped candy cap mushroom macarons. Delicious.

Ingredients serves 2
  • 2 quince
  • 1/2 C liquid for the final poaching (you can use wine, liqueur, tea, or juice)
  • 3 T honey or maple syrup, divided
  • 1 C plain yogurt
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • cookie crumbles or granola (I crumbled up some of my flopped candy cap mushroom macarons)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the quinces to remove their downy coat. Pat them dry and place them in a baking dish . Bake for one or two hours - baking time will depend on the size of the quince -  until they're soft to the touch. Mine took about 90 minutes. Allow to cool.

Slice the quince in half and cut out the core and the stem. Place the quince in a large, flat bottom pan with your poaching liquid and 2 T of honey or maple syrup. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Every five minutes, or so, spoon some of the liquid on top of the quince so that it doesn't get too dry.

Mix yogurt and 1 T of honey or maple syrup with a dash of cinnamon. Set aside.

To serve, place your poached quince in a serving bowl. Drizzle it with your poaching liquid and top with yogurt. Crumble some cookies over the top or use granola. The crunch is a nice texture contrast from the soft quince and creamy yogurt.

What do you think? Does it look like a sunset? 
How would you create a dish that tastes like a sunset?

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