Quince jam

Quinces are fun and exciting to cook with. Today, we’ve made a delicious quince jam perfect for a cheese platter or on top of freshly baked rolls with cheese. Read on to get our recipe.

jar with quince jam where you can see the pieces of quince

Delightful Sweet Jam

We’ve dived into making some recipes with quinces this year. We’ve been lucky to receive some as a gift, so it’s time to get started!

Previously, we made Quince Jelly, which is incredibly delicious to serve with meat or game, or to use in sauces or other dishes. Today, we’ve taken on quince jam.

It’s a delightful jam that tastes a bit like pear or apple jam but has that distinctive fragrant quince flavor, combined with vanilla. Yum, it’s just delicious! We love to enjoy it on everything from pancakes and freshly baked bread to a cheese platter or in cakes. It can be used in so many ways, so if you have access to quinces, we can only recommend that you start making some jam yourself.

quince jam in a jar with a spoon and quinces

Ingredient notes

Quinces – We’ve used some Danish quinces here. You can use both apple and pear quinces. We used about 3 quinces, which amounted to 350 grams once the core was removed.

Sugar – You’ll need a fair amount of sugar, both for the flavor and to achieve a thick jam. There’s no need to add a gelling agent, as quinces contain plenty of pectin.

Vanilla – Vanilla complements the quince flavor nicely. You can use vanilla bean seeds or substitute with vanilla paste. You can also use vanilla sugar if that’s what you have at home. If you use vanilla sugar, you can replace a couple of spoonfuls of sugar with vanilla sugar.

How to make the jam?

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to make this jam yourself, and it tastes great. So, go ahead and make a large batch if you have many quinces in your garden.

First, wash the quinces. I don’t peel them because the skin becomes very soft and adds some texture. If you don’t want the skin, you can peel them, of course.

The washed quinces should be cut into small cubes, about 1-2 cm, and discard the core. Put the quince pieces in a pot with water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla, and bring it to a boil. Now, let the jam simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove the lid for the last 10 minutes so the jam thickens a bit. It will set more as it cools.

Put the jam in clean, sterilized jars, and let it cool before it’s ready to eat.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

jam in a jar where you see the texture and the vanilla seeds

Frequently asked questions

How should I store the jam?

We have a cool pantry where we store all our jam and preserves until the jar is opened. Once the jar is open, it should be kept in the refrigerator.

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Homemade quince jam in jars.

Tips and tricks for the recipe

  • Be meticulous about hygiene when making jam. The jars should be well-washed, scalded in boiling water, and then rinsed with antamon or taste-neutral spirits like vodka. Fill the jars completely and seal them immediately for the best shelf life.

Serving suggestions

  • Enjoy it on freshly baked bread or French bread with cheese.
  • Serve it for breakfast or on pancakes.

Do you have a lot of quinces in your garden?

Also, try our recipe for Quince Jelly.
jar of quince jam
a teespoon of quince jam where you can see the consistency.

Recipe for marmalade with quinces

Here’s our super easy and super delicious quince jam recipe. We love this jam, both kids and adults, so we hope you will too. We hope you feel like trying the recipe if you have quinces at home.

jar with quince jam where you can see the pieces of quince.

Quince jam

Recipe for quince jam
Delicious recipe for homemade quince jam. It's delightful to enjoy on pancakes or bread or as a complement to cheese.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Jam
Cuisine Danish
Servings 2 jars


  • 350 g quinces weight after cutting
  • 400 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 lemon the juice
  • 3 dl water


  • Wash the quinces thoroughly, remove the core, and cut them into 1-2 cm cubes. You don’t need to peel the quinces. The weight specified in the recipe is the weight after cutting.
    350 g quinces
  • Put the quince pieces in a pot along with the sugar, lemon juice, the seeds from the vanilla bean, and water. Bring it to a boil.
    400 g sugar, 1 vanilla bean, 1 lemon, 3 dl water
  • Reduce the heat once it’s boiling and let it simmer for 30 minutes. The first 20 minutes should be covered, and for the last 10 minutes, remove the lid to allow the jam to thicken slightly. It will thicken even more as it cools.
  • Transfer the finished jam into clean, sterilized jars that have been rinsed with antamon or vodka to sterilize them. Seal the lids on the jars and let them cool down.


Serving: 1jar
Keyword Jam with quinces, Quince jam, Quince marmalade
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