(From The Foods & Wines of Spain, by Penelope Casas, Knopf, 1982)

Little known in the US, quince (membrillo) is favorite fruit in Spanish cuisine. Try this easy to make marmalade on bread, with a soft cheese on crackers, or on puffy pastry for Banda de Almendra.

2 quince (about 1-1/2 pounds) peeled, cored, and cut in 1/2-inch rings

10 tablespoons sugar

Place the quince in a saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 15 minutes, or until the quince are tender. Drain. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree. Gradually beat in the sugar. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook very slowly for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool, then store, refrigerated. 


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