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A Spanish delicacy with a gumdrop-like texture, Membrillo is a sweet, very dense jelly made from the fruit of the quince tree. The quince tree is a relative of the apple and the pear and is native to Europe and parts of Asia. Membrillo traditionally served with Manchego cheese to have a salty contrast to the sweetness of the Membrillo.


  • 2 quince, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (6 cups)
  • 3 strips lemon peel
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice


1. Simmer quince, lemon peel, and 6 cups water in covered saucepan over medium-low heat 40 minutes, or until soft. Drain, then purée in food processor. Return to saucepan, and stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over low heat 11/2 hours, or until pink and very thick.

2. Line loaf pan with parchment paper. Spread paste in prepared pan, and cool. Unmold onto cutting board, and slice.


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