I'm taking part in the fourth A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE – if you want to join in. You'll make many new friends, but most of all you'll have fun!
My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Quince Cookie Crumble
Quince Cookie Crumble is the perfect Q dessert and like most crumbles is easy and fail-proof. Although I searched high and low for quince fruit or jam, I was unable to find any since it was out of season. Consequently, I had to resort to using my favorite jam, as the recipe suggested. I don't know what this would have tasted like with quince, but it tasted wonderful with orange, pear, raspberry, jam. It also made the entire house smell delicious while it baked. We ate it warm from the oven topped with whipped cream. Mmmm, mmmm, good!
Fun Facts – The Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a relative of the apple and pear and belongs to the pome fruit family. Quince is one of the earliest known fruits, and may be similar to what apples and pears were like in their ancient forms. For
over 4,000 years, quince trees have grown in Asia and the Mediterranean. Native to the Caucasus and Iran, the quince was known as the ‘Pear of Cydonia’. They are also thought to have been the ‘golden apples’ of Greek Mythology. In the raw form, the rind is rough and woolly, and the flesh is hard and unpalatable, with an astringent, acidulous taste because they are high in tannins. Quince is an excellent fruit for preserves, may be stewed with meat (the tannins help tenderize meat), made to compotes, used in apple stews for flavor and of course, in cookie crumbles.
Book Buddy – Quiet! There's A Canary In The Library
Written and Illustrated by Don Freeman
When Cary goes to the library, she really gets into it, thinking of nothing else but the book she's reading. One day, when she picks up a book about zoo animals, she daydreams about what she would do if she were the librarian, how she would invite all the animals to a special bird-and-beast day at the library. She greets each animal as it comes in, and things go great until a flock of mice scamper in an upset the elephant... Then she has to restore order, and is helped by a little canary. A fun, fanciful story and a welcome celebration of the halls of knowledge. Another nice one from the author of Corduroy.
Have you tried quince? Do you have a favorite recipe? Had you even heard of quince before today?