- 1½ kg mix of quince, cooking apples and pears (we used 5 Bramley apples, 2 Conference pears and 2 quinces), peeled, cored and sliced
The two different shapes - apple and pear in which quinces grow are an obvious clue to the…
- 25g butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- 100g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 375g pack sweet shortcrust pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…
- custard, to serve (optional)
Put the quinces in a large saucepan with the butter, vanilla pod and seeds, cinnamon and 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 5 mins over a medium heat. Add the apples, lemon juice and sugar, cover again and cook for a further 10 mins.
Add the pears and flour, and cook, uncovered, for 5 mins more stirring occasionally to stop the flour from sticking. The fruit should now be soft, but still holding its shape.
Remove the vanilla pod and transfer the fruit to a deep 22cm pie dish. Leave to cool. The fruit can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Trim the edges, then cut into rough triangles or squares. Brush a little egg around the edge of the dish and all over the pastry pieces. Starting from the outside, layer the pastry in a patchwork style, leaving a few little gaps for the fruit to poke through. Trim any overhanging edges and sprinkle liberally with caster sugar. Bake for 45-50 mins until the pastry is golden brown and the juices are bubbling. Serve warm with custard, if you like.