April 06, 2011

Roasted quince with wheat berry


I have never embraced the incredibly versatile quince as much as I have this autumn. This gorgeous fruit has proven to be a favourite for both sweet and savoury dishes and it is a perfect companion to cheeses, grains and spices.

This simple recipe pairs balsamic roasted quince with wheat berry to make a wholesome vegetarian meal. You could add goat cheese or feta in it as well - it would go so well with all the ingredients. I've used wheat berries as a base for this dish, but brown rice or pearl barley would go just as well. 


Roasted quince with wheat berry
(Serves 2)

1 large quince, cut into wedges
1 tbsp caramelised balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup wheat berry
pinch of salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
a couple of sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

1. Preheat your oven to 180C. 

2. Place the quince wedges in an oven proof dish and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil. 

3. Mix to coat and bake for about 40 minutes or until just tender, spoon the dressing over the quince slices every now and then and turn them to roast evenly. 

4. In the meanwhile, place the wheat berry in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Add water if necessary. Drain and leave to cool.

5. To assemble, season the wheat berry with a pinch of salt and drizzle of lemon juice. Place the roasted quince slices on top and spoon the remaining sauce over. Top with toasted pine nuts and fresh lemon thyme.




39 comments:

  1. I love the vintage red sauce pan you have there :) I've never been a fan of quince but these looks just so inviting!

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  2. I love your photos so much. No access to quince for me at the moment so I'll just have to think about making it. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Sometimes I'm so surprised at how many things I haven't tried. Never had quince, but looking forward to trying it.

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  4. I've never cooked with quince before - but you have inspired me!
    Can't say I've ever heard of wheat berry either. I'll have to have a look for it (any tips?)
    Love to be introduced to new food - thank you Maria.

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  5. I'v never actually made anything with quince but maybe I should start! Your food styling is getting so incredibly awesome, Maria!

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  6. That looks wonderfully nourishing and tasty. Have been on the lookout for quince recipes for when I finally manage to get my hands on some quinces in Sydney! This definitely would be a good one to try for a different breakfast, I think...

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  7. Your pictures are gorgeous! i go "omg" each time i come here. I've never tried quince made this way, but i am guessing this is one very refreshingly delicious dish!

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  8. Oh man I am in love with that little pot! Still really curious to find and try quince. This looks great!

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  9. You've really been giving the good ol' quince a workout, but it's fantastic! I really need to get off my hiney and get some to experiment with :)

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  10. quinoa yes quince no- how on earth do you find these things and cook so well with them! It amazes me. I love when you and others use wheat berries in their dishes but I never have access to them, I need to take a trip down to the huge farmers market not the small one and pick me up some! Thanks girl

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  11. What a refined dish! That combination is really wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  12. Quince are pretty hard to find here but I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for them! This looks like a delicious dish...the quince are perfectly caramelized!

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  13. My father in law has a quince tree in their cottage by the sea. I am keeping this to try when we will pick them!

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  14. I am saving this one. Not only delicious but clean and healthy.

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  15. Hello there,

    I've just stumbled across your blog and see I'm going to be coming over here quite often. I love Scandinavian cuisine and was looking for more recipes from that part of the world and your photos are simply amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. I must, must, must get my hands on some quince. You have got me quince dreaming!

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  17. I LOVE wheat berry salads, but your use of quince is absolutely blowing my mind. This is so beautiful :)

    Sues

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  18. This salad looks perfect for lunch.Would love to try this healthy salad in summers.Love the first picture.

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  19. I actually have never tried quince before. Is it sweet? Either way, it looks absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful photography!

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  20. Oh what a great idea! And as always, I LOVE your photos! I'd love to see a post about your set-up/photography!

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  21. Love the rustic setting and styling of this shoot!

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  22. so healthy and delicious, yet again :)

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  23. You have inspired me to buy a Scandinavian cook book, I found some similarities in some of the dishes with my heritage (country french cooking)... I'm not quite familiar with lemon thyme?

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  24. I have never tried quince before. I think I need to, it looks incredible. So healthy and delicious. :)

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  25. What a delicious and unusual salad! We use wheat berries a lot in Lebanese kitchens but not in this novel and tasty way.

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  26. I just noticed this photo on Foodgawker. It is really wonderful so now I am here at your blog. Can't wait to see more!

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  27. Although I've enjoyed quince many times in restaurants, I've never cooked with it, myself. You have me smacking my forehead now, realizing it's high time I did. ;)

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  28. Though I have never tried quince, I'm drooling over this! I guess its time.

    P.S. - I love the composition of your pictures here! I totally want to copy it ;-) but then I can NEVER match up friend :-D

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  29. Never had quince, but your clicks is making me curious. YOu making me hungry ! I have to try this .. this is going in my wish list :)

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  30. Sounds wonderful! I think I've only had quince jelly, never seen the real fruit. Have to look out for it!

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  31. I have never tried quince, can you believe it, Maria? Your recipes makes me even more curious! Looks delish!

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  32. Quince is practically impossible to come by here in Singapore. I first encounter with Quince was 10 years ago on my first business class flight to Korea. They were serving cheese after the meal and along with it were quince paste and an assortment of dried fruits. I was hooked at first taste.I would give anything to have a bowl of this. Maria- your photos are getting really professional! Love all the styling!

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  33. Beautiful! I need to get some quince to make this!

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  34. Maria, this looks wonderful. I've done no work with quince. It is not easy to find here, but you have inspired to search it out when it comes into season. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  35. Love your opening shot! Such a great pic and attention to detail with the food styling.

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  36. This is indeed a nutritious and delicious treat!

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  37. This sounds just wonderful! I can not wait to taste how quince is roasted!

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  38. This looks wonderful and so healthy and delicious! And I adore your photos!

    I can't believe I've never tried quince before now (except in Maggie Beer's delicious quince paste). I will have to hunt some down to try at home.

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  39. I´ve always wondered.. Is weat berry the same as a hole grain spelt?

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