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Poached Apples with Crumble topping and Spiced Simple Syrup

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Feb 18th, 2014

Poached Apples with Crumble topping and Spiced Simple Syrup
1 Ambrosia apple, or Granny Smith
1/3 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of water
¼ cup of white wine (I used a 2012 Poplar Grove Pinot Gris)
1 star anise, broken into smaller bits
4-5 allspice berries, lightly crushed
4-5 whole cloves
1 small cinnamon stick (optional)
1 stem of thyme, leaves removed
2 teaspoons of dried cranberries (optional for a pink syrup)

For the crumble topping:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons of quick oats
1 cup white or brown sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup of butter, melted

Container of your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream (I used Fiasco Gelato’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream)

1. Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Add your spices and cranberries then reduce the syrup by half.
2. While your syrup is reducing, peel your apple and quarter it, removing the seeds and core with a sharp knife. Place in a small bowl.
3. Pour the hot, reduced liquid over the quartered apples so that they’re all submerged. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow the apples to “cook” in the hot liquid as it cools. If apples are cooked to desired doneness, place the contents of the bowl back into a pot and bring back to just a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool again.
4. For the crumble topping, combine the ingredients in a separate bowl and blend with your fingers or a wooden spoon. Toast the crumble in a wide frying pan (no oil) in order to darken it over medium heat, about 5-10 minutes. Set aside to cool, and store any extra.
5. Place the slices of apple on a salad or dessert plate flat-side down and spoon some of the syrup over top. Next, add a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves, then a good amount of crumble topping over the apples (as you would an apple crisp) followed by a scoop or 2 of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Courtesy www.inter-course.ca