Posts Tagged ‘Apples’

Perry Roasted Pears and Cider Poached Apples

 

Preparation and Cooking Time:  1 hr
Serves:  4

 

Ingredients

  • 4 semi-ripe Williams pears
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Perry, we recommend ‘The Berg‘ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 1/2 cup Eau De Vie de Poire Williams by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 1/2 cup Cider, we recommend ‘Appleanche‘ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 1 large Fuji apple, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • Cinnamon, for dusting
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Quarter and core the pears; dust generously with confectioners’ sugar.  In a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet, melt the butter.  Add the pears, cut sides down, and cook over high heat until richly browned, 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the pears skin sides down.  Pour in the Perry.  Roast the pears in the oven until the pears are tender and the Perry has reduced to a syrup, about 18 minutes. Transfer the pears to a platter.
  3. Meanwhile, add the Eau De Vie de Poire Williams to the skillet and boil for about 3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.  Add the cider and bring to a boil.  Add the apple slices, cover and simmer over low heat, turning once, until the apple slices are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Uncover and simmer until the cider has reduced to a syrup. Spoon the apples into shallow bowls and top them with the pear wedges.  Dust with cinnamon and serve with whipped cream.

 

Recipe adapted from foodandwine.com

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Apple Cider Sauce

 

Preparation and Cooking Time:  1hr
Serves:  6

 

Ingredients

  • 1.4kg sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Cider, we recommend ‘Appleanche’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 sage leaves, coarsely chopped

 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, cover the sweet potatoes with water, add salt and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes; let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, simmer the apple cider over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes.
  3. Peel the sweet potatoes and puree them in a food processor.  Transfer 3 1/3 cups of the puree to a large bowl.  Lightly beat in the flour and egg yolks and season with salt and pepper.  Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip.  Working in 3 batches over a large saucepan of simmering water, pipe out the dough, cutting it into 3/4-inch lengths.  Cook the gnocchi for 45 seconds.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to a baking sheet.
  4. In each of 2 large skillets, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter.  Add half the gnocchi to each and cook over moderate heat until golden, about 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and sage and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in the reduced cider and serve.

 

Recipe adapted from foodandwine.com

Warm Apple Cider Cake with Pumpkin Seed Brittle


Preparation and Cooking Time:  1hr 45mins
Serves:  8

 

Ingredients

CIDER SAUCE:

  • 4 cups apple cider, we recommend ‘Appleanche’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

CAKE:

  • 1 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, for serving
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle

 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cider, bourbon, brown sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and seeds; bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the cream. Cook over moderately high heat until reduced to about 1 cup, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a pitcher; let cool slightly. Discard the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper; butter and flour the paper. In a bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a glass measuring cup, mix the apple cider with the canola oil and bourbon. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and vanilla seeds and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the cider-bourbon mixture, until smooth.
  3. Spread two-thirds of the batter in the prepared cake pan. Drizzle half of the cider sauce over the batter. Dollop the remaining batter on top, then spread the batter over the cider sauce, being careful not to mix them together. Bake the cake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, or until springy when touched. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Peel off the parchment paper.
  4. Rewarm the remaining cider sauce. Cut the cake into wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream, Pumpkin Seed Brittle and the cider sauce.
  5. Serve with Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Recipe adapted from foodandwine.com