We have a quince tree in our garden. It is beautiful. It offers shade, it provides privacy, and it carries quinces every year. A LOT of them. And each year that kind of begs the question: What are we doing with all the quinces? This year, I decided to make a new cake. Enter: This Gluten-free Ginger Quince Crumble Cake.
If you have never come across quinces, they kind of look like oversized pears or apples (there are both kinds so you may find a pear quince tree or an apple one). They also smell beautifully. My good the smell is gorgeous standing under that tree when they are ripe. It is sweet and just really beautiful. Put them in your car to carry them somewhere – it will feel like your entire car has just undergone a sweet upgrade 😉.
What is not so easy, though, is to work with them. I will warn you now – they are quite tough and hard. They also very easily brown when cut and coming into contact with air. You can submerge them in water in order for the browning to stop. Also, as a tip – most quince recipes talk about washing and peeling the quinces. I have come to realize that you do not need to peel the quinces for most recipes (e.g. jams or marmelade). Since the quinces are pre-cooked for this recipe you also do not need to peel them 🙌🏻. Do not worry though – this recipe is an amazing, delicious and divine cake!!
Why is this Gluten-free Ginger Quince Crumble Cake good for you?
Quinces can actually be traced back to ancient Roman and Greece and used to symbolize love and fertility. Whereas I cannot prove it, I have no doubt that this is likely due to this amazing sweet smell I talked about. Quinces are (surprise, surprise) related to pears and apples. Because the fruit is not overtly popular, research on it is still emerging. Quinces are high in vitamin C, copper, iron, and potassium. They are also high in antioxidants, mainly the kaempferol and quercetin kind. Both of these have been attributed to reducing inflammation, as well protecting your heart.
In a recent study, quince syrup showed to be more effective than taking a vitamin B6 supplement in pregnant women with severe nausea. Whereas certainly more research needs to go into this, the initial results are promising. Said quince juice may also be fantastic for people with digestive issues. The juice may protect the gut lining against inflammation and thereby potentially linders symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcers, for example. Last but not least, quinces may be good for your immune system. In test tube studies it showed that it stopped the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. As said, research on quinces is still developing – but that should absolutely not stop us from enjoying quinces already soaking up the potential benefits alongside it 😍.
How can I adjust this Gluten-free Ginger Quince Crumble Cake to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. Due to it using dairy products, nut flour, and grains, this recipe is not paleo- or vegan-friendly, and also not nut-free.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
There are so many other delicious cake recipes on the blog!! Be sure to also check out the following:
- Apple Crumble Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Polenta Bread
- Very Coconutty and Lime Naked Cake
- Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie
- Peanut Butter Banana Cake
And there you have it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoy this delicious quince cake. It has notes of cinnamon, ginger, and a delicious soft filling with a lovely firm crust. As always, please let me know what you think – I love hearing from you! You can either rate the recipe and/or leave a comment. Happy baking everyone!!