Quince is an old-fashioned but dearly loved fruit with Provence traditionalists. Quince paste is one of the 13 sweets of the traditional Provence Christmas. It combines well with cheese and is a delicious addition to breakfast.
A savory dessert option for an elegant dinner. This recipe maximises the pears natural sweetness. For added drama, I fill the core holes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream using a melon baller as a measure to form the balls.
Torta de Ameixas e Amêndoas, a lovely recipe from the Confeitaria Tavi in Oporto. The original recipe uses fresh plums or apricots in season, but it works equally well with dried ones. Serve with Crème Fraîche.