Up your platter game with Barker's new Fruit for Cheese! Delicious fruit paste that pairs perfectly with cheese and is most at home upon your DIY platter or grazing board. Popping up in supermarkets nationwide - in the specialty cheese section.
Matched with tasty aged cheddar, this popular all-rounder is divine with any style of cheese.
• Gluten Free
• No artificial colours or flavours
• No preservatives
• Made in New Zealand
• Refrigerate after opening.
Quince has always been either a love or hate taste for me, you really have to cook it or use it in a certain way for it to be enjoyable. I first tried it at my sisters house roasted cut into pieces with a roast meal and found it too strong a savoury flavour for me with a harder texture than I expected. My sister had described it to me as sort of like a pear but you can't eat them until they are cooked because they are too hard. I had almost written quince off as not for me after this but have since tried it made into a quince paste/jelly and had a different opinion.
This however is the best experience I have ever had with quince, while having similarities to the quince jelly I had tried at a cafe it had a much nicer, sweet yet savoury taste and paired perfectly with cheese. I really enjoyed this with cheese and a cracker, and later in a cheese, salad, sandwich. Having had my first experience with having quince roasted with a roast meal I did think I have to try it with a roast dinner so when having roast pork I served this instead of a traditional apple sauce.
It was absolutely divine for this and almost better than absolute sauce as being not as sweet it wasn't such a stark contrast to the meat. I do think it is definitely perfect paired with strong cheeses but can be used in so many other ways too which I love and would definitely buy it again in the future. I have since told my sister she needs to make her quince into something like this rather than roasting it!
I don't especially like quinces. At least, up until now I didn't. They can be extremely tart, rather like a sweetish choko, and on the one occasion I was tempted to try to bake them I set the oven on fire! So I approached this product with caution, not sure what I was in for. However, my friends were anxious to try this new fruit product so we ended up using the whole container, experimenting with different ways of using it. And the consensus? Even I was won over; clearly this is the best way to use a quince!
We started by serving part of the jar in a reasonably conventional manner. One of my friends had brought some beetroot flavoured wraps from Farrahs, one of our favourites, so we cut some of the wraps into strips approximately 10x4 cm and spread each piece with cream cheese. We then added a small amount of the Quince Fruit for Cheese to each one and then rolled the pieces so that they looked like red sausage rolls. These went down very well. Even the children liked them, and wanted more. They were tasty and fun to eat although if you weren't careful and bit too hard the fruit would ooze out the other end - but that just added to the fun. These "rolls" would be nice like this as party finger food as they look quirky and taste delicious.
The quince does have a strong, sweet flavour and is slightly acidic so we all thought it would be nice added as a layer to an apple crumble mix. Some of my friends even thought there was an apple-like aftertaste to the product so they thought this would be a good combination. The children also tasted a little on its own and said they would enjoy it in a sandwich just like a conventional jam. One of the youngest present said she would eat it just on its own, but she was not allowed to go that far!
Next day we had sliced ham and smoked chicken for lunch, so tried a little of the fruit as a condiment instead of the usual sauce or pickle. This was a lovely combination: it enhanced the flavour of the meat, giving it a little extra zing. One of the children made a ham sandwich and spread a thin layer on top. She usually has mustard, so this was quite an adventure for her. Since she is normally a conservative eater who dislikes trying new foods, this was a real breakthrough for her.
Everyone said they would buy it again as they could think of lots of other ways of using it. I have seen some in the local supermarkets, so it is already available. I think I will be queuing up to get some more too!
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