There are no strict measurements for this luscious compote once you've cooked the quinces. I usually cook 4 - 6 quinces and then make a translucent ruby jelly with the syrup. They can be eaten whole, served with thick cream or yoghurt, or used to make a quince crumble.
The beauty of the compote is that it can be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert - or even as a snack. If you make the jelly (recipe below), drizzle a little of it through the compote.
As The New York Times cooking column pointed out this week: "It’s affirming to know your food. It’s affirming to cook for yourself. Try to do it as much as you can."
- Prep Time : 2h 00 min
- Cook Time : 4 minutes
- Yield : 4
Rub skins of quinces with a tea towel and wash well. Place in a pot where they'll fit snugly, cover with water and add the sugar, star anise and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer until soft - this will take up to 2 hours.
Remove quinces and leave to cool. Halve, quarter and peel the quinces and remove seeds. Slice the quarters into crescent moon shapes.
Place a a few pieces of the crescent-shaped quinces in the base of 4 glasses, top with with yoghurt, granola, a few raspberries and nuts or your choice. Continue with layers until you reach three-quarters of the way up the glass, finishing with a sprinkle of nuts.
For the Quince Jelly: Bring the syrup back to the boil and add the juice of 1 - 2 lemons. Boil rapidly until syrup turns a ruby pink colour - use a simmer pad to prevent burning. Test for setting by putting a small amount on a saucer which has been in the freezer - the syrup should crinkle when you run the spoon through it.