Quince Syrup

[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Although the syrup is the goal here, it's also a byproduct of making poached quince. After you strain off the syrup, the poached quince are perfect for pies or tarts or just spooning over your morning yogurt or oatmeal.

Note: Quince syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Quince Syrup

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 1 1/4 cup syrup
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 15 minutes
Special equipment:fine mesh strainer
This recipe appears in: 3 Quince Cocktails to Make at Home


  • 2 pounds quince, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. 1

    In a large saucepan, combine the quince, water, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

  2. 2

    Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the quince are fork tender, 45-50 minutes.

  3. 3

    Let cool slightly and strain off the syrup. There should be about 1 1/4 cup of syrup. If not, add water or gently reduce over low heat. Reserve the poached quince for another use and refrigerate the syrup until ready to use.

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