Quince Date Compote

I was at Wal-Mart of all places and they were selling these apple looking things next to the plantains and papayas. I wandered over and thought, what in the world is a quince? As a die-hard foodie, I purchased one and thought I’d give it a try. After doing some research, I learned that this delicious food is very similar to an apple and is typically served alongside apples. I found many recipes for jams, jellies, etc. What I found was interesting is that this traditional Latin food looks like an apple but changes into a pinker hue when cooked. We are big fans of applesauces so I decided to try something similar, yet chunkier and more like a whole-bodied dessert. I will say that quince is not very good plain or raw – it is very gritty and almost bitter tasting – however it smells amazing! And don’t be scared of a ‘compote’… it’s just a fancier word for an EASY dish! This was GREAT served with some fresh shortbread cookies and whipped coconut cream! *Note: if you don’t have quince, you could use additional apples or even pears. Makes about 6 servings

Quince Date Compote wm

3 quinces, peeled and sliced
3 apples, peeled and sliced
6 dates, pitted and diced
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp sea salt
4 Tbsp water

In a saucepan, combine ingredients. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Simmer over low-medium heat for about 15 minutes or until fruit is soft.

Quince Date Compote 1

*Slow Cooker Option: Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook over high heat for about 2-3 hours or until soft.

To store: place in a sealed mason jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

 

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