Quince, an old-world fruit, is enjoying a newfound popularity. The aromatic, firm fruit isn’t palatable raw, but cooked it becomes rosy and sweet. Flavor the compote with a whole vanilla bean—you can re-use the vanilla bean, once dried, for making the Vanilla Sugar Cookies that we serve with the compote. If you have extra strained yogurt, you can use it as a spread on bread or as a dip for crudités.
Serves 8-12 people
Prep: 10 min • Cook: 40 min • Ready in: 50 min
Combine quinces, sugar and vanilla bean in a heavy large non-reactive saucepan. Pour in wine. If necessary, add enough water to the saucepan to just cover the quinces. Gently simmer the compote over medium low heat until quince slices are just tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer the compote to a bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled. (Compote can be prepared up to 1 week ahead.)
Spoon the compote into bowls and top with strained yogurt. Serve with Vanilla Sugar Cookies.
Recipe from the Kenter Canyon Farms test kitchen