Quince butter

When I was little I always wanted to have a fruit orchard. One of my friends grand mom had one and every fall the trees were heavy with plums, apples and pears. We ate as much as we could and it was such a treat. Thinking back now I can’t remember what the family did with all the fruit but I still fancy having a couple of fruit trees. Quince is one the of the fruit trees I really would like to have. The trees are not that large and the fruit is delicious.

The other day I found some quince in the shop and I couldn’t resist buying a few. Quince has to be cooked, it doesn’t taste nice raw. I knew I wanted to make some quince butter, a great way of preserving the quince and enjoy the flavour.


Quince 30Jan_Quince


Quince cut in half 30Jan_CutQuince


Quince butter, like pear or apple doesn’t have any butter, it just has a very smooth consistency. I had to go out but could have cooked it for another hour, the colour will darken and the flavour intensify.

Quince butter is great with savoury as well as sweet. This recipe doesn’t have a lot of sugar so it has a nice tartness.

To can the quince butter I placed clean jars in a cold oven and put the heat on at 140C or 280F for a minimum of 15 minutes in a hot oven. I sterilise the lids and let them dry whilst the jars are sterilizing in the oven.


Mustard seed quince butter

preparation time 5 minutes

cooking time 1 1/2 – 2 hours

makes 3 jars medium sized jars


  • 3 large quince
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup rose wine
  • 1 dl or 1/2 cup water
  • the juice of 3 mandarins
  • 1 dl or 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds

Peel and core the quince. Cut it up in chunks and place in a pan with the wine and water. Simmer until the quince is soft.

Place the quince in a blender and blend until smooth before adding it back to the pan. Add mandarin juice, mustard seeds and sugar and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for at least an hour. Stir every now and then to make sure it doesn’t stick to the base of the pan.

The butter is ready when no liquid is visible and the butter is clinging to the back of a spoon.


Quince butter 30Jan_QuinceButter


The mandarins has a slight tartness that was nice with the quince and the mustard seeds gives a little extra flavour.

It is great spread on toast or with pork or chicken in particular.









5 Responses to “Quince butter”
  1. I can imagine the flavors Petra! The pungent mustard seeds adding to th quince sweetness! Lovely!

  2. Wonderful Petra, the addition of mustard seed is brilliant. Love it!!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Suzanne
      Thank you! It is lovely on toast and I can’t wait to cook pork and have it with the quince butter as well. 🙂

  3. chefjulianna says:

    Mmm, I love the sound of the mustard seeds in this butter! What a lovely addition! 😀

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