Les Coings au Vin Doux

Quinces in sweet white wine

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By Jeanne Strang

Published 1991

  • About

When you drive through the countryside in late autumn as the leaves are falling, you can see trees bearing what look like pears but are actually quinces which develop late. Bring one or two into the house to ripen and their perfume will overwhelm you. This is a delicious dessert after a meal of gibier (game) or a daube.


  • 2 large quinces
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 125 g


Wipe the fruit and remove any dark petals from the ends. Peel and cut into four and remove the hard cores.

Put into a pan with the other ingredients and bring to the boil, turn the heat down to a simmer for about 45 minutes or when the fruit is tender (test with a thin pointed skewer).

With a slotted spoon remove the fruit to a glass bowl and reduce the juices to a thin syrup. P