As I said then, I've been experiencing some quince recipe mania these past weeks. As a result there will be several posts with the recipe results.
This is a sweet and seasonal flavor riff on traditional Bavarian obatzda, a soft beer and cheese dip. The traditional version of this popular German spread contains a savory mixture of ripe camembert cheese and butter, sometimes beer and different spices are mixed in as well.
Obatzda is traditionally served with a variety of German bread slices or a large soft pretzel. Often it is also presented on a large platter of meats and sausages as well as thinly cut large slices of daikon radish.
This quince version is a more elegant, sweet, savory interpretation also contains toasted walnuts and is the perfect appetizer for your winter holiday guests. The quince and camembert cheese flavor work so well together, the only seasoning needed is salt and freshly ground pepper. The fresh quince are caramelized in brown sugar for maximum flavor. Walnut pieces are toasted to release their deeper flavor and when added to the cheese mixture, provide additional crunch.