Recipe Category: Pies and Tarts
Quince and Almond Crostata
When quinces appear in Autumn, my heart cries out for slowly cooking them to ruby redness so they can be made into this crisp crostata.
|Makes:||1 x 30cm crostata or 2 x 20 cm crostatas|
|Preparation Time:||30 minutes|
|Cooking time:||4 hours (to cook quince) 40 minutes (for tart)|
- POACHED QUINCE
- 1 litre water
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 quinces, cut into quarters, peeled and cored
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 cloves
- 4 star anise, optional
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups plain flour
- 200g ground almonds
- 125g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
- 2-3 tablespoons cold water
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon raw sugar, for sprinkling
- double cream, for serving
TO POACH QUINCES
Combine water and brown sugar in a large ovenproof pot and bring to the boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add quince, spices and vanilla and simmer covered for 4 hours over low heat or in a slow oven (160°C) until quince is soft and ruby red in colour. Allow to cool. The cooking liquid may be boiled down until syrupy to use for serving.
Place flour and ¼ cup ground almonds in a food processor, add butter and blend until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add water, pulsing as necessary, until pastry just comes together. Remove and roll out onto a floured surface to a circle approximately 40cm in diameter (or 2 circles 30cm in diameter if making two smaller ones). Use to line a large flan dish or pizza tray 30cm in diameter (or 20cm for smaller), allowing the edges of the pastry to overhang and prick the base with a fork. Combine remaining almonds, egg whites and caster sugar and spread over base of pastry. Cut quince pieces into slices and arrange decoratively over almond paste, spooning a little cooking syrup on top. Turn the overhanging pastry in, covering the edge of the quince, and crimp decoratively. Brush pastry with egg yolk and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake at 200°C for 30-40 minutes until pastry is golden. Brush quinces with some of the remaining cooking syrup and serve warm or cold with double cream and syrup.
Poached quinces can be cooked ahead and will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to a week or frozen for longer.