Vanilla Scented Quince Jelly


I’m just crazy about the color of quince jelly so when my son-in-law presented me with a bag of quinces the week before Thanksgiving I pictured the beautiful bright color of quince jelly way before I reached for my preserving pot or jelly jars.  It’s hard to believe that this beautiful shimmering orange color comes from the lumpy  hard as wood yellow quince, but it does!

I made my vanilla scented quince jelly before Thanksgiving to serve with cheese as one of my appetizers.  It’s good served with the traditional Spanish Manchego cheese but I also love it with a local soft ripened goat’s milk cheese, Humboldt Fog.  Each wheel of Humboldt Fog features a ribbon of edible vegetable ash running through it’s center which gives it a distinctive look on a cheese tray.  If you aren’t familiar with this cheese from Cypress Grove Chèvre -I highly recommend trying it, especially if you make or are able to try with a spoonful of quince jelly.

We made it to our Safari at Safari West over the weekend and even though I forgot my ‘big girl’ camera I did have my iPhone which takes pretty good pictures and is easy to use from inside a jeep while trying to keep a 2 year old from jumping out to pet the wild animals.  I’m still babysitting – one more day on duty!   In the interest of not taking too much time in front of my computer I will share my ‘Safari’ pictures this Friday with the most tempting recipe for sweet and salty pecans, another Thanksgiving appetizer and fantastic recipe From Around My French Table that you will love to use for the holidays.

Vanilla Scented Quince Jelly

Yield: 4-5 8oz jars

Adapted from Well Preserved by Mary Anne Dragen.


  • 4 pounds quinces, cut into pieces
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Place the quince pieces in a heavy pot ( a preserving pot or Dutch oven) with the vanilla bean and add enough water to cover them.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until the quinces are very soft.
  4. Mash the quince pieces with a potato masher and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and remove the vanilla bean.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a colander lined with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth.
  7. Let the juices drip overnight into a large pot placed underneath the colander.
  8. The next day measure the juice and add 3/4 cup sugar for each cup of juice, there should be about 4 cups of juice.
  9. Discard the quince pulp from the colander and prepare the canning jars.
  10. Place the quince juice and sugar in your heavy pot.
  11. Add the lemon juice.
  12. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often, for about 25-30 minutes, or until a small amount removed from the pot jells on a plate set in the refrigerator.
  13. Remove from the heat, skim off any foam, if necessary.
  14. Pour the jelly into the jars, leaving 1/4" head space in each jar.
  15. Wipe the rims clean and seal according to manufacturer's instructions.
  16. Process jars in a water bath for 5 minutes.

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  1. Quince jelly does have a gorgeous colour and seems just right for the cheeses you described.

  2. You’re right Patty, that color is GORGEOUS! I love making jam but I’ve never done quince jam. It will be going on my list!

  3. I”m so looking forward to you sharing your Safari pictures. In the meantime, I’ll drool over this quince jelly. You’re right about the color–it is beautiful!

  4. Patty your jelly looks so pretty and I bet the vanilla bean makes it even tastier. I love to can so if I come across some quince I will be making some for sure. Looking forward to your next post on the yummy nuts. xoxox

  5. Gorgeous jelly, I love the color! It sounds like you’ve had a busy few days of babysitting – I know your grandkids are having a wonderful time and enjoying your delicious food! :)

  6. This really is a gorgeous colour (I’d love to have a cardigan this shade of orange…and this aromatic!) And thanks for the cheese recommendation, Humboldt Fog sounds dreamy!!

  7. OMG Patty – you know how I love a great jam or jelly and yours is just that! That color is amazing! I wish I was at your house enjoying the humboldt fog with that divine jelly!!!!

  8. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I bet you are having fun and I can’t wait to see the Safari photos:)They have something like that here and we’ve yet to take the kids there. I think a trip is due over the holidays. Love this vanilla scented jam. I haven’t come across any quince yet here. Would love a bit with some toast for breakfast today:)

  9. Your quince jelly looks absolutely beautiful. Quinces aren’t grown around here, and I’ve never even seen them sold locally. So I’ve only tried quince while on holidays! The cheese looks great too

  10. We don’t often see quince in the stores here but this is exactly what I’d do with them if I ever see them! What a beautiful color and the flavor must be heavenly.

  11. I am not sure I have seen quince in the stores this year….the jelly looks fabulous. Really love the colour.

  12. My mothers quince jam was always golden in color…love the rose color of yours! Is it the quince or the vanilla bean?

  13. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen quince around here, unless I thought they were lemons. Will have to find some now, that color is so enticing. Hope you are having fun there, I took the girls there years ago. Can’t wait for our lunch.

  14. I really don’t know very much about quince. so I was really interested in learning more; that jelly looks wonderful. i must keep my eyes open for these at the supermarket.

  15. I haven’t yet tried quince in my life. Lately I also found that one part of Japan has this special fruit (but not everywhere; hence I didn’t know and never tasted it). This jelly looks beautiful and you make me even wonder how fabulous this taste might be…and I love your beautiful plate – the orange color of jelly even pops up on the plate. Lovely post!

  16. And they smell like pineapples to me before you even cut them. So fragrant and beautiful as a jam too.

  17. My grandma used to have a couple of quince trees in front of her house and every year my mom would make quince jelly, enough to hold us all winter long. It was the only jelly I enjoyed as a kid and even though I haven’t had any in years, I still think quince jelly is the best.
    Now I really want some!

  18. Quince jelly, oh my! Such a beautiful thing and vanilla scented, even better!

  19. I have never had a quince before. I love anything that is vanilla scented though, and this is such a pretty color!

  20. Such a beautiful color for the jelly, and it must taste sooo good! Love the pretty colorful plate, as well!

  21. Quince jelly is devine – it makes it worth the trouble of cutting up the quince.

  22. What a beautiful jelly, I absolutely love the colour! My grandma always makes quince jelly, so this is something I’ve always had, but I love the addition of vanilla bean!

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