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Quince and Rosewater Soufflé

This recipe comes to us from the kitchen of  Geraldine Holmes, Consultant/Culinary Teacher.

Geraldine was a regular instructor at the Neff Market Kitchen Cooking School which closed in May 2020.



  • 3 medium quinces
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup vin santo, or ¼ cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • extra 2 tbsp castor sugar
  • 80g pink Rosewater Turkish Delight
  • icing sugar for dusting

Quince cream

  • 1 cup lightly whipped sweetened cream
  • ¼ cup quince puree
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater



Peel, core, and quarter quinces, place in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons sugar, vin santo, vanilla bean, 1 cup water or just enough water to cover, bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
Cover pan, reduce heat to very low and cook slowly for 2 hours or until quince is a lovely rich pink colour. If a low heat cannot be achieved on cooktop, place in a baking dish, cover and bake at 150°C for approximately 2 ½ hours until quinces changes to pink colour.

Remove from oven and cool.

Using a slotted spoon remove quince from poaching liquid and also take out ¼ cup of the liquid. Puree quince and liquid in a food processor or with a hand stick blender.

Place 1 cup of the warm quince puree in a small pan. Blend together cornflour with cream and stir into puree, heat gently stirring constantly until thickened, flavour with rosewater.

Transfer to a larger bowl and cool.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter 8 x ½ cup soufflé dishes or ovenproof tea cups and lightly sprinkle each with castor sugar. A buttered collar to extend 4 cm above rim of dish can be placed around the outside of each dish and secured to help elevate soufflé as it rises.

Dice Turkish Delight into very small 5mm cubes and place 4 cubes in the base of each soufflé dish.

In a clean dry bowl beat egg whites to soft peaks with a pinch of salt and cream of tartar.
Scatter over and beat in remaining 2 tablespoons castor sugar.

Spoon mixture into prepared dishes to 3/4, smoothing over tops with a knife and running clean knife point around edges.

Bake at 180°C for approximately 12-15 minutes until risen and lightly coloured.

Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately accompanied by prepared quince cream.

Quince cream for serving
Combine whipped cream with quince puree, flavour with rosewater to taste.





Geraldine Holmes

Consultant/Culinary Teacher

Geraldine is a Culinary Teacher and Home Economist who trained in Melbourne and at the Cordon Bleu in the United Kingdom. Her career has involved working with major food and appliance companies in Australia and as a free-lance consultant. It was in these positions where she gained considerable experience in creative recipe development, food styling, catering, as a food presenter and walking tour guide. Geraldine enjoys sharing her passion and love for cooking with fresh, seasonal produce through teaching classes where recipes are designed for both every day and entertaining.

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