Prepare the pork chops
Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Sprinkle both pork chops with fennel seeds, drizzle with olive oil, pressing firmly into each side and place one sage leave on top of each pork chop.
Sear the pork chops
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, remove the sage from the pork chops and place them into a heated skillet. Sear on all sides (except for the bone side) for 4 minutes (all together 12 minutes).
Prepare the apples and quince
While the pork chops are in the skillet, clean the apples and quince, remove the core and cut both apples and quince into quarters.
Cook the fruit
When the pork chops are golden and cooked through, transfer them from the skillet to a large pan. Using a brush, lightly brush them with dijon mustard. Pour brandy into the same skillet (the alcohol will evaporate and the taste will be sweet and delicious) and honey. Scrape base of the pan with a wooden spoon to release caramelised residue, to give taste. Reduce the heat and add one sage leave, thyme, apples, quince and two cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed. Stir to combine then increase the heat and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add apple cider vinegar, season with salt and pepper, then pour in 150 ml (2/3 cup) of water. Cover with a lid and cook for another 10 minutes.
Crunchy topping (optional)
Prepare the crunchy topping. Slice the stale bread into small chunks, place in a small bowl and add two tablespoons of water. Place a skillet over high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and stale bread. Stir to combine and cook for about 6 minutes, then remove from the heat. Transfer the bread to a small bowl and add the freshly grated horseradish. Set aside until serving.
Pork chops with apples, quince and sage
Remove the lid from the skillet and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the pork chops, "mustard" side down. Don't forget about all the remaining pork juices on the plate, add them to the skillet, cover with a lid and cook for another 5 minutes, on low heat.TipIf you prefer your pork chops well done, cook for additional 5 minutes.