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Quince spoon sweet

{glyko tou koutaliou kydwni} 

#glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan

Greek hospitality has a certain etiquette; you can’t visit someone’s home and not being offered ‘a little something’. Spoons sweets are usually that something because it is rare to find a home that does not have them! They take their name from the serving size and presentation: an actual teaspoon on a saucer.

In my family, one of our pantry shelves is dedicated to various colorful jars with spoon sweets, prepared seasonally when fruits and vegetables are usually under ripe. There is only one that my mom calls the ‘king of spoon sweets’ and that is quince. Why? I guess, you have to try it!

Preparation Method

1.     Simmer the quince with the water for 10 minutes

2.     Add the sugar and allow to simmer until the syrup thickens (about 40 minutes)

3.     Finish with the lemon juice and the almonds

4.     Boil for 5 more minutes and remove from fire

5.     Store in glass jars


-       500gr quince, peeled, cored and cut in big chunks

-       1 glass of water

-       500gr sugar

-       1 cup white almonds

-       juice of half a lemon




Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

If you wish to taste the most iconic Greek desserts, book your seat now for February 24 to taste a wide variety of the authentic Greek spoon sweets along with the world famous mastiha liqueur