Autumn Quince and Apple Crumble

18 Nov

You have probably noticed that there are not so many dessert recipes on my blog. There are several reasons for this.  First of all, I don´t really have a sweet tooth, and as I´m the cook in this house, if you want sweet, there´s always chocolate in the larder!  Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, Big Man and I do need to be a bit sensible about the calories – so dessert is a special treat for us rather than an everyday occurrence.  Finally, Spain doesn´t really have a culture of home made desserts.  Yes, we have our Flan (Crême Caramel), Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) and Natillas (Cold Custard) but mostly it´s a piece of fruit to finish the meal. As we are able to get hold of such delicious seasonal fruit, that´s mainly what we eat and enjoy.

Having said that, quince are now in season, and we´ve made our annual supply of Quince Jelly or Carne de Membrillo. Our kindly neighbour is still providing us with a couple of quince (or is that quinces?) as the last few ripen and a nearby village has some delicious sweet, crunchy apples…which make a lovely change from the usual inspid, spongey monsters that are typically available to us.

Sunday lunch recently, after a hard morning´s work on the house and garden, most definitely warranted a delicious dessert and I must have been feeling nostalgic for England.  I decided to make a delicious autumnal crumble with quince and apple and to serve it with hot creamy custard.


  • 1 large quince peeled and chopped (or one large sour cooking apple)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of water

Put the above ingredients into a saucepan with a lid and simmer until soft and all the liquid has evaporated

Peel and slice two large apples and stir into the cooked quince and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon of mixed spice.  If you like your desserts sweet, add brown sugar to taste.

For the crumble

  • One cup of plain flour, half a cup of oats, 100g grams of grated chilled butter and half a cup of brown sugar.

Put all the above ingredients into a food processor and blitz for a few seconds until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. You can also do this by hand.

Put the fruit mixture into a pie dish, cover with the crumble topping and bake on high for about 30-40 minutes until slightly browned on top.  Some of the fruit mixture is likely to bubble out and caramelize, so I recommend putting your pie dish onto a baking tray lined with foil.

Serve with custard and fight your nearest and dearest for the crispy caramelized bits.  Serves four.  ¡Buen provecho!


31 Responses to “Autumn Quince and Apple Crumble”

  1. chaiselongue1 November 18, 2011 at 12:27 #

    I don’t make desserts much either, having been brought up with the Mediterranean fruit-eating customs, but this does look like a delicious way to use up those quinces left over after making membrillo!

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:02 #

      It was lovely because the flavour was so different – and it was a treat to have dessert!

  2. gardenfreshtomatoes November 18, 2011 at 13:08 #

    That looks sooo good…the quince must bring a whole new flavor to an old-fashioned crumble.

    Despite the number of sweet recipes on my blog, we don’t have dessert that often either. But, those are the recipes my kids ask for, so that’s what I do…

    (I also have a 20-year-old son to send the leftovers home with!)

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:03 #

      It was an incredibly different flavour, gorgeous! And hey, if I had kids to cook desserts for, I´m sure it would be fun to do….I bet they love you even more for it!

      • gardenfreshtomatoes November 18, 2011 at 20:53 #

        He’s the only one still around – my ‘baby’. But they had plenty when they were growing up!

      • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 21:22 #

        He´ll always be your “baby” and that´s wonderful!

  3. thecompletecookbook November 18, 2011 at 13:11 #

    ¡Buen provecho! indeed – looks scrumptious!
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Food,Photography & France November 18, 2011 at 13:25 #

    That sounds delicious – I very much like crumbles, which strangely has become Frenchified as “le crumble” appears on so many menus. I’m the same about desserts, but I mostly make them to photograph and then they get taken to the nearby grandchildren for finishing up.

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:05 #

      I may have to call mine Le Crumble from now on – sounds so much more exciting! Bet the grandchildren love it when you make desserts to photograph, lucky them!

  5. Karen November 18, 2011 at 15:40 #

    It seems that a lot of us don’t have that many sweet desserts. My husbands favorite part of a fruit crumble or crip as New Englanders call it is naturally the crumble that has gotten extra crispy from the bubbling furit juices. Put your custard over the top and it takes to a new dimension.

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:06 #

      I´m with your husband – these measurements give a nice thick topping and I love it when the fruit oozes out and caramelizes!

  6. spicegirlfla November 18, 2011 at 16:16 #

    This is my kind of dessert! I love fruit filled, not overly sweet desserts! And this is so comforting! Love to have that served warm with the custard! I’ll be stopping by soon!!

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:07 #

      You´re right, it´s not overly sweet. And as it´s fruit, you´re allowed to have custard/cream/ice cream!!

  7. Mad Dog November 18, 2011 at 16:29 #

    I don’t have a sweet tooth either, but I’d make an exception for this 😉

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:07 #

      A good old fashioned pudding for this colder weather!

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide November 18, 2011 at 18:05 #

    This looks fantastic. And I’m the same way, not much of a sweet tooth. When we make a dessert and don’t have company over it just sits around tempting us. Katherine tends to take leftovers in to work.

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 18:26 #

      Thanks so much Greg. When I had a proper “grown up job” I did the same – now the neigbours or the chickens tend to benefit from our leftovers!

  9. Lauren November 18, 2011 at 20:39 #

    Wow that looks great! I’ll bet the bitterness of the quince works really well… I might have to make this tomorrow! Btw, what is the “larder” lol? And I feel you about the apples here… I don’t know how it is where you are from but Fall in Massachusetts isn’t complete with trips to various apple orchards and buying bags of endless delicious varieties… the things we give up! Great post as usual!!!

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 20:58 #

      Hi Lauren and thanks so much for your kind words! Another word for larder is pantry or despensa in Spanish – basically a large store room (or cupboard) for groceries…and I love mine as it´s full of pickles and jams. Apples here are mainly enormous and flavourless, but a nearby village has a few people who grow some gorgeous crispy ones – although they are not sharp in flavour which I really enjoy 😦

  10. ChgoJohn November 18, 2011 at 21:50 #

    Well, I will admit to having a sweet tooth. There, I said it! The thing is, I don’t indulge it very often. I know that if I bake, cook, or buy something sweet, I am the one, the only one, to eat it. It’s one thing to have a piece of pie or cake. It’s something else entirely when you have an entire cake to eat. Having said that, this crumble looks just incredible and, with only 4 servings, I could handle that — easily!

    • Chica Andaluza November 18, 2011 at 23:06 #

      A canner with a sweet tooth – could be dangerous! I don´t think it would matter if you ate this in one sitting…it´s fruit right? And fruit is good for you!

  11. Bluejellybeans November 20, 2011 at 19:22 #

    Que buena pinta tiene esto! A mi no es que me encante el membrillo, pero con esta receta estoy dispuesta a darle una oportunidad 😉

    • Chica Andaluza November 20, 2011 at 20:29 #

      Gracias Giovanna – lo sé que hay gente a quien no les gusta el sabor de membrillo. Es muy distinto y muy perfumado…!

  12. apple crumble November 21, 2011 at 14:26 #

    I’m glad you have a bit of a sweet tooth and that you’re able to share this with me!

    Thanks very much, very tasty

  13. sportsglutton November 21, 2011 at 22:28 #

    Some day in the future I’ll have a quince tree and can take advantage of tasty recipes like your on a regular basis. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza November 22, 2011 at 10:11 #

      We don´t even have one yet 😦 we just rely on the kindness of neighbours!

  14. PendleStitches November 21, 2011 at 23:19 #

    Oh I love a crumble. Especially with an oaty topping. I’m definitely going to have to hunt down some quinces. This looks amazing. Hang the calories!

    • Chica Andaluza November 22, 2011 at 10:10 #

      I think the vitamins in the fruit counter balance the calories 🙂


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