Apple and eau-de-vie snow

Apple and eau-de-vie snow

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From
A Year In My Kitchen
Serves
6

In early October, we get deliveries of rare breed English apples as the country celebrates National Apple Week.We have a set of very old scales on a rickety old table outside the Cafe and sell them by the kilo. The apples are never around for long, as people find their autumnal beauty hard to resist. I take this opportunity to cook with apples as often as possible and this is one of the desserts I love to make. It’s not really snow at all – we stole the name because it is vaguely based on the principle.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g caster sugar
500ml water
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
6 apples
pinch ground cinnamon
8 organic free-range egg whites
pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons apple eau-de-vie

Method

  1. First make the sugar syrup. Put the sugar, water and vanilla pod into a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat and stir a couple of times. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat a little to bring the liquid to a simmer.
  2. In the meantime, peel, core and chop the apples, quite roughly. Add to the sugar syrup and cook for 5–6 minutes, until tender but still holding their shape. Remove from the heat and leave the apple pieces to cool in the liquid. (This allows the sugary vanilla flavour to infuse them.)
  3. Once cooled, remove the apples with a slotted spoon and put them into a food processor or blender with 2 tbsp of the sugar syrup and a pinch of cinnamon. Whiz to a very pale, smooth purée. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl with a pinch of salt to firm peaks. Add to the apple purée and whisk lightly to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn (according to your manufacturer’s instructions) until the ice cream has just begun to set. Add the eau-de-vie and continue to churn until you have a soft, feathery, light slush. Scoop into glasses and serve at once.

Note

  • This ‘snow’ is cold and pure in feel. As you eat it, the coolness is refreshing, yet the intense flavour of the apple eau-de-vie almost warms you at the same time – like a fire in your chest.
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