Membrillo (Quince Paste)


A Spanish delicacy with a gumdrop-like texture, membrillo is traditionally served with manchego cheese.

  • 2-Tbs. servingServings


  • 2 quince, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (6 cups)
  • 3 strips lemon peel
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice


1. Simmer quince, lemon peel, and 6 cups water in covered saucepan over medium-low heat 40 minutes, or until soft. Drain, then purée in food processor. Return to saucepan, and stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over low heat 11/2 hours, or until pink and very thick.

2. Line loaf pan with parchment paper. Spread paste in prepared pan, and cool. Unmold onto cutting board, and slice.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Makes 1 loaf
  • Calories: 216
  • Carbohydrate Content: 56 g
  • Sodium Content: 2 mg
  • Sugar Content: 50 g