A traditional Greek Quince Jam or Jelly (Marmelada Kydoni), using arbaroriza (fragrant geraniums) to flavour it.
This jam is so delicious that apart from spreading it on toasted bread, you can also use it to top Greek yoghourt, ice cream or other creamy desserts but also use it in tarts, etc.
Its going to be your kids favourite for breakfast and it’s so healthy .
If you want it to have more jelly, when you cook the fruit do not discard the seeds and some of its peel but fold it into a tulle and put it in the pot as most of the pectin is found in the seeds and peels. See the picture from a previous time I had made it.
The reason I made this jam like this was that I want to be able to serve it on top of creamy desserts but also use it in my recipes, the way I used it in my Chocolate & Quince Tart or in Pasta Frolla but also to be able to spread it on toasted bread or served together with cheese, such as anthotyro, graviera, halloumi or other Greek cheeses.
Have you ever wondered how this hard, tasteless and astringent fruit is transformed to the most delicious, red fruit when it is cooked?
The tannin concentration in quinces varies depending on where it is grown and determines its color when cooked. The heat causes the tannins to release a red pigment called anthocyanin.
The quinces, which are rich in tannins give a reddish color while those that contain fewer tannins remain in a cream or pale pink.
Ιn past, when quince was cooked in aluminum cookware the reaction with tannic acid produced even deepest red results.
How to Make the Quince Jam
Prepare a big bowl with water and the juice of one lemon. Peel the quinces, remove core, and put them in the water.
When all of them are peeled, add 6 cups of the quince and lemon water in a big pot.
Grate the quince, adding each grated piece directly in the pot.
Add the sugar and mix until it dissolves.
Add the fragrant geraniums and cinnamon and put on the heat.
Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium high and cook, mixing regularly until the temperature reaches 105oC (220oF), for about 2 hours.
Store in clean sterilized jars.
As you may see from the above picture, which I took just after the jam was ready, there was some syrup in the jam. After a few days however that syrup became into a jelly and the jam was thicker.
Maybe another myth is busted and you don’t need to add the peels and the seeds. However, if you do add them, I would suggest that you add more water, so that it will set into a jelly.
Kydonopasto: A future recipe to post
Another way to preserve quince is to make it into Kydonopasto (Quince Jelly Paste). The quince is cooked until all the moisture evaporates and then it has to dry. A lovely delicacy to enjoy during the winter.
The above recipe can easily be made into Kydonopasto but if you want more instructions, you can find the recipe in Volume 2 of my e-cookbook “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste! or wait until I post the recipe.
You may also enjoy:
- 2.200 grams of peeled, cored and grated quince (3,5 kilos or about 7 medium quinces)
- 2 kilos sugar
- 6 cups water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 5 fragrant geranium leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Prepare a big bowl with water and the juice of one lemon. Peel the quinces, remove core, and put them in the water.
- When you peel all of them, add 6 cups of the quince and lemon water in a big pot.
- Grate the quince, adding each grated piece directly in the pot.
- Add the sugar and mix until it dissolves.
- Add the fragrant geraniums and cinnamon and put it on the heat.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium high and cook, mixing regularly until the temperature reaches 105oC (220oF), for about 2 hours.
- Store in clean sterilized jars.
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Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,