Quince tart with gingerbread ice cream

Makes 8 Cakes, Bread and Pastries

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For the gingerbread

  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 50g molasses
  • 400g plain flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 50ml whole milk
  • 80g preserved stem ginger (from a jar)
  • 1⁄2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 50g fresh ginger
  • 2 eggs

For the gingerbread ice cream

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 1⁄2tsp salt
  • 125g gingerbread, from recipe above, roughly broken into chunks

For the pastry

  • 270g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g soft light brown sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 egg

For the poached quince

  • 1 quince
  • 350ml red wine
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter


Preheat the oven to 195C/380F/ Gas 5, grease a 900g loaf tin and line it with baking parchment.

To make the gingerbread, melt the butter and the molasses in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and leave to one side. Mix the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and lemon zest together in a large bowl with a pinch of salt. Blitz the milk, stem ginger, cinnamon, ground ginger and fresh ginger in a small food processor until smooth, then pass through a fine sieve. Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the ginger milk, then add the molasses mix. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients little by little, until fully incorporated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes. Once cooked (a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean), remove from the oven and leave to cool. Remove from the tin and cut into 125g pieces, wrap each piece in cling film and freeze.

To make the ice cream, put the milk in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Combine the egg yolks, sugar and salt in a heatproof bowl.

Gradually pour the hot milk into the yolk and sugar mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat until the temperature of the mixture reaches 80C/175F (check with a thermometer), stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the fresh or defrosted-from-frozen gingerbread, then allow to cool. Blitz in a blender until smooth, then churn in an ice-cream maker until frozen. Transfer the ice cream to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and keep in the freezer.

While the ice cream is churning, make the tart bases. Mix the flour and the butter together by hand in a bowl until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add the sugar, salt and egg and keep mixing until you have a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge to rest for 1 hour. Once rested, dust a work surface with flour, unwrap the dough and roll it out to a thickness of 3mm.

Cut to size with a cutter or upside-down small bowl to fit 8 4cm small tart tins. Line the tins with the pastry, pushing the pastry all the way down the sides, lightly prick the base of the tartlets and line them with greaseproof paper and a few baking beans. Bake blind for 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Peel and cut the core away from the quince. In a small, heavy-based saucepan bring the wine and 200g of the sugar to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the quince and simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the quince are tender but still have a little bite. Remove from the heat and leave the quince to cool in the wine.

Cut the cooled quince into 5mm dice. Make a caramel with the remaining sugar: heat the sugar in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to melt, then start to stir and keep stirring until all the sugar crystals have dissolved. Cook for around 10 minutes until the sugar is a dark honey colour.

Remove from the heat and add the butter, whisking constantly. Add the diced quince to the pan and cook for a further 30 seconds. Remove the caramelised quince from the pan and allow to cool. Place a small amount of the quince in each tart case, then pipe a rosette of ice cream on top to cover and serve immediately.

Recipes and photographs taken from Rogan: The Cookbook by Simon Rogan. Photography by Christian Barnett (Harper Collins, £30).
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Recipes and photographs taken from Rogan: The Cookbook by Simon Rogan. Photography by Christian Barnett (Harper Collins, £30).


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