Forgive me for posting a winter dessert today. I was looking for quinces all winter, unable to find them; a couple of days ago finally I got lucky, and here it is.
This recipe comes from many inspirations and memories. I remember one aroma from my childhood when my mother made compote from quince and it was so magically wonderful. I remember eating crepes with quince jam, the best breakfast ever. I never cooked tapioca before so I like to experiment with it and recently I discovered that I love cardamom-)))
This dessert is scrumptious, It takes some time to prepare, and worthwhile every minute of it. I hope you like it as much as I did, save it for next year when quinces are in season or you can make it with pears or peaches, which is certainly going to be a summer dessert!
For the poached quinces:
- 3 quinces, peeled, cored and quartered
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom pods
- 5 cloves
- 1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
- 1 tsp allspice berries
- 1/2 lemon
For the vanilla tapioca:
- 2/3 cup large tapioca pearls
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup white oatmeal flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- OR 3/4 cup all purpose flour instead if not baking gluten free
- 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 1/2 tablespoons almond milk
Prepare the cardamom tapioca:
In a medium bowl, soak the tapioca pearls in the water for an hour. Drain and discard the water. In a large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the tapioca, milk, honey and cardamom to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer 20-25 minutes or until the tapioca looks translucent. Remove from the heat and place a piece of plastic wrap right on top to prevent a skin from forming as it cools.
Prepare the quinces:
Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the quinces. Bring the content of the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low, place a lid halfway over the pot and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour, or until the quinces are soft when you poke a knife through them. Mash the quince with syrup and reserve.
Prepare the crumble:
Position a rack in the upper third of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your fingertips or a fork until the mixture resembles large beads. Spread the beads on the prepared baking sheet and bake, tossing them every so often as they become golden brown for 20 minutes. Let the crumbles cool.
When ready to serve, spoon the quince mixture into the bottom of each of 6 glasses, dividing it evenly. When the tapioca is completely cool, divide it in between the serving glasses on top of the quince mix. Sprinkle with crumbles, again dividing evenly.