Quince Skillet Cake


As hard as they are to find – especially in the Colorado mountains – I love quinces.   There’s something decidedly old-fashioned about them.   They’re odd, lumpy fruits and you can’t eat them raw, but, when cooked, their lovely faintly perfumed flavor can bring so much to the plate.   Quinces are rich in fiber and vitamin C.

This quince cake makes use of whole grain soaked overnight in yogurt.   The acidity of the yogurt tenderizes the cakes crumb while also rendering the grain more digestible and more bioavailable.

If you cant find quince, you can always substitute apples or pears.

quince skillet cake

By Jenny Published: January 31, 2009

    As hard as they are to find - especially in the Colorado mountains - I love quinces.   There's something decidedly old-fashioned …


    • 3 Organic Quinces, Peeled, Cored and Sliced
    • ¼ cup Butter from Grass-fed Cows
    • ¾ C Sucanat or Rapadura
    • 2 Cups Organic Whole or Sprouted Grain Flour
    • 1 ½ Cups Organic Plain Yogurt
    • 3 Eggs from Pastured Hens
    • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • ¼ Teaspoon Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt


    1. Mix yogurt and flour together, leave it on your counter overnight. If the mixture becomes too dry, you can always add more yogurt.
    2. 12 to 24 hours later, begin preparing the cake by heating the butter in a cast iron skillet until melted.
    3. Add the sliced quinces to the butter and continue to cook until the quinces become slightly tender (they will NOT become fall-apart soft for this recipe).
    4. Add ¼ cup sucanat or butter to the quinces.
    5. As you cook the quinces, you’ll finish the batter by mixing in all remaining ingredients together until the batter becomes smooth.
    6. Remove the quinces from the heat, and allow them to cool while you preheat the oven to 350 º F.
    7. When the quinces have cooled slightly and the oven has been preheated, pour the batter over the quinces and place the skillet in the oven.
    8. Bake the cake about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into its middle comes out clean.
    9. Serve directly from the skillet.

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    1. says

      Dear Jenny.

      We just made this recipe. It’s fantastic. We used organic homemade sourmilk instead of yogurt. It’s moist and just the right amount of sweetness. The texture is terrific too. Thanks for posting.

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