Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo Quince Tart

Pasta frola de dulce de membrillo
Marian Blazes
Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
700 Calories
27g Fat
105g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 700
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 105g 38%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 255mg 20%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 229mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pasta frola is a wonderful dessert made with a cookie-like shortbread crust and dulce de membrillo (quince paste) filling. Pasta frola is another example of the influence of Italian food on Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisine—its name comes from the Italian word for the shortbread crust, pasta frolla, that is used to make Italian crostate (jam pies). The filling has evolved to match South American tastes: usually quince paste or dulce de leche.

There's a saying in Argentina: Life is not a pasta frola. (La vida no es una pasta frola).


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup (4-ounces) cold unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought quince paste

  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves, optional

  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar) together in a medium bowl.

  2. Cut the butter into pieces, and mix butter into dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, until well blended.

  3. Stir egg, egg yolk and milk together and add to flour mixture, blending gently with a fork until dough comes together. Knead a couple of times to just barely mix the dough, which should not be too crumbly nor too wet. If needed, add an extra tablespoon or so of flour or milk.

  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Add dulce de membrillo (and pineapple preserves and raspberry jam, if using) to a small pot, with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

  6. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until mixture has melted enough to be smooth and have a spreadable consistency (add a little more water if necessary.) Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  7. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

  8. Roll out about 3/4 of the dough on a floured surface into a circle large enough to line the bottom and sides of the tart pan. Place the dough in the pan. Spread the filling evenly over the dough.

  9. Roll the remaining dough into a circle, and cut thin strips of dough, using them to make a lattice pattern over the top of the tart.

  10. Brush the tart lightly with an egg wash (1 egg thinned with 1 tablespoon water), and bake until golden brown (about 30 minutes).

  11. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired, or brush with an apricot glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature.