Ayva, isthe Turkish name for Quince, during the winter they are in abundance, but often I ignore them for lack of things to do with them, if you take a bite of a plain Ayva it can be a bit dry and tasteless and more often than not they are used for Jam.
Recently on my group Home Cooking for Expats in Turkey, a lovely lady suggested that you can make a delicious pie like an apple pie using the Ayva. Taking her advice I decided to give it a go and see if I can use these seasonal and cost effective fruit to make a lovely New Year desert.
If you are wondering what Ayva or Quince look like here is a picture of them, they are bit hard to cut up and take out the core but soften up nicely once cooked. I have also be assured by the same lovely lady that Ayva freeze well for use later.
Ingredients for Ayva Pie
2 medium to large Ayva (Quince)
100g/4 oz Sugar
1 tablespoon Cinnamon.
For the Short Crust Pastry
350g/12oz Plain Flour
¾ tsp salt
Heat oven to 200c or gas mark 6
First make your pastry. Sift the flour and the salt together into a bowl and then rub in the margarine to make a breadcrumb type texture. Then slowly add in a little cold water at a time to make a dough.
Once you have made your dough, divide your dough in half, lightly flour a surface and roll out one half of your dough, to line the base of your pie dish and then roll out the second to use as a lid to your pie.
Peel and core your Ayva and cut into slices. Sprinkle some sugar on the base of your pie and then lay your Ayva slices on top. Sprinkle the Ayva slices with your Cinnamon and then sprinkle with some more of the sugar, leaving some sugar to put on the lid of your pie.
Once you have filled your pie, cover with your pastry lid. Brush the lid with water and then sprinkle the remaining sugar over the lid.
Place in the Oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot or cold with cream or ice cream.
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