Κυδωνια Ψητα (Baked Quinces)

 
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~ Ingredients:

~ 4 big quinces
~ 1 1/2 mug of sugar
~ 1 cup of water
~ 16 cloves (Optional) 
   

 

~ Wash the quinces well rubbing them to take the fluff that is around them.
~ Cut in four pieces, peel the outer skin and remove the hearts with the pits.
~ Place in a baking pan or Pyrex dish one piece next to the other and sprinkle with the sugar.
~ Simmer the hearts with pits and peels in 1 cup of water for about 15 minutes.
~ Strain the quince broth and pour it over the quince pieces in the baking dish.
~ Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius (see conversions) for about 50 minutes with the dish covered with aluminum foil.
~ Half way through baking, remove the aluminum foil and stick a clove in each piece (Optional).
~ Bake the rest of the time uncovered until they are soft and have a sweet rose color.
~ Remove from the baking dish and place them in a platter.
~ Pour over them the syrup that is left in the baking dish.
~ If you want to have more syrup, all you have to do is use more sugar.
~ Adding more sugar will make the Kithonia Psita (Baked Quinces) a lot sweeter.
~ Kithonia Psita (Baked Quinces) can be served hot or cold.
~ Good luck and enjoy.