Come Fall in Quebec, apple picking becomes our national sport. We all complain and make fun of people for going but we all secretly really enjoy it (like Pumpkin Spice Lattes). We have some amazing orchards all over the province and coincidentally the perfect temperatures for making ice ciders. In fact, the ciders we produce are famous all over the world and we should be so proud! Ice cider was first developped here in Quebec in 1989 so the process itself is very young (even younger than me!). The apples are left to freeze naturally on the trees and then harvested. The cold temperature helps sweeten and intensify the flavours in the apple. Just like wine, cider can be very complex and have different aromas and tasting notes. It can be enjoyed as an apperitif with blue cheese and foie gras (a must try!), with your dessert or even on its own.
For the crust
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For the apples
- 5-6 apples sliced thinly
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 3 tbsp of potato starch
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
For the crisp
- 1/2 cup of melted butter
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp of salt
Preheat your oven at 375º. Prepare your pie crust and set aside.
Mix the apples with the cinnamon, sugar, potato starch and lemon juice. Lay inside one crust and make topping.
For the crisp, mix all the ingredients and then spread evenly on top of the apples. You can press down to make sure everything stays in place. Bake for 50-60 minutes…I left it a little less because I like my apples a bit crunchy!
WHY IT WORKS
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “what grows together goes together!”. You will be all “appled” out with this pairing but with the tartness of the apples versus the sweetness and acidity of the ice cider it will be the perfect combination. You might think it would be too sweet but really it’s quite the opposite; you’ll keep asking for more!
At #3 you will find the first ever producer of cider: La Face Cachée de la Pomme. It is the birthplace of this delicious dessert wine and if you’re willing to spend of couple of bucks more it is totally worth tasting a piece of history!
- Domaine Lafrance, Quebec (22,95$)
- Domaine Pinnacle 2014, Quebec (25,10$)
La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Réserve 2013, Quebec (33,75$)
- Ice Cider – Wikipedia
- Bill Zacharkiw: Quebec ice cider has gone international – Montreal Gazette
- Ice Cider – SAQ