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Cranberry Quince Sauce

Gourmet | November 2005

Yield: Makes about 5 cups

Active time: 30 min

Total time: 2 1/2 hr

This sauce, a mix of everyday and exotic, provides a sweet and tart contrast to rich meat or poultry.


  • 1 3/4 lb quinces (2 large)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 (12-oz) bag fresh or frozen cranberries (do not thaw; 3 1/2 cups)
  • Special equipment: an 8-inch square of cheesecloth; kitchen string


Peel, quarter, and core quinces, reserving peel and cores, then cut quarters into 1/4-inch pieces. Tie up peel and cores in cheesecloth. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add quince and cheesecloth bundle and simmer, partially covered, until quince is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add cranberries and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and soften, 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain mixture in a large medium-mesh sieve set over a bowl, discarding cheesecloth bundle and reserving cranberry solids, then return cooking liquid to pan and boil, uncovered, until syrupy and reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir together syrup and cranberry mixture in bowl, then cool to room temperature.

Cooks' note: Cranberry quince sauce can be made 3 days ahead and chilled in an airtight container.


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