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Homemade Quince Paste

Homemade Quince Paste

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pounds 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Chilean


A traditional Chilean sweet treat.


  • 6 quinces (a little more than a kilo)
  • 750 grams of granulated sugar


  1. Wash the quinces very well. Remove all the hair by rubbing with a sponge. Cut each quince in 4 and remove the seeds of half of them. Do it one by one and place them in water immediately.
  2. Place the quinces in a pot and cover with the minimum amount of water possible. Cook; once it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain. Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove the rest of the seeds, and in the food processor or blender, make a puree (do not add water).
  4. Weigh the puree and calculate the sugar. Place in a large pot with high walls to minimize the risk of burns. Mix and cook over medium heat stirring. Once it boils, reduce heat to a minimum, cook for 15 minutes, stirring. At this point, it will be still yellow and a quince jam, spreadable.
  5. If you want a reddish firm paste, move to your smaller plate, minimum heat. It should not bubble. Let cook for 1 hour and a half to two hours until it changes color. Stir every 5-10 minutes, so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Transfer carefully to a pan covered with silicone paper. Let dry overnight. Unmold and keep refrigerated.

Keywords: Quince paste, quince jam, chilean food