• Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 300g whitebait
  • 1kg cleaned squid hoods, cut into
  • 1cm-thick rings
  • Step 1 To make quince aioli, place garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard in the bowl of a food processor and process until pale and creamy. With the motor running, gradually add oil in a thin steady stream. Add quince paste and process until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Step 2 Add enough oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 6cm. Heat to 180°C over medium heat (when oil is ready a cube of bread will turn golden brown in 15 seconds). Place flour in a bowl. Add one-third of the whitebait and calamari, and toss to evenly coat. Shake off any excess flour. Deep-fry for 30 seconds or until golden brown and tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with the remaining flour, whitebait and calamari, reheating oil between batches.
  • Step 3 Place on a serving platter and serve immediately with aioli.