Quince Poached in Sugar Syrup: Ayva Tatlısı

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 min Cooking time: 2 h Total time: 2 h 10 min



  • 2 medium size quinces
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon stevia
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 dried whole cloves
  • ground nuts of choice, for serving


Wash, peel (keep the peels) and halve the quinces lengthwise. Place on a cutting board with the cut facing up and holding each firmly carve out the core with the seeds. Don’t discard the seeds yet.

Place the quinces in a large pan and add water, lemon juice, honey, stevia and spices. Make sure the liquid covers the quinces. Put two cloves in each quince’s hollow. Add the seeds and skin peelings to the water.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a minimum and let the quinces gently simmer for two hours. Flip the quinces to the other side after one hour of cooking. After another hour turn off the heat and let the quinces cool. Serve them with some syrup, honey, ice cream or chopped nuts of your choice.



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