Tell me your favorite recipes that could include Calvados
February 16, 2020 10:50 AM   Subscribe

I bought some Calvados for a chicken liver mousse recipe. There’s a lot left over and I’d like to put this bottle of apple brandy to good use. I think this particular bottle is better for cooking rather than drinking because it’s fairly young and rough around the edges, so let’s hear your favorite recipes that might call for Calvados! No dietary restrictions.
posted by theory to Food & Drink (15 answers total)
I haven't tried it, but have heard that it's a good addition to apple pie. Peel & slice the apples, add sugar & Calvados. Let it sit for up to an hour. Strain liquid into a saute pan, simmer to reduce by at least half. Add apples and syrup to crust, bake. As long as you're making a special apple pie, add a tablespoon of butter.
posted by theora55 at 10:58 AM on February 16, 2020 [4 favorites]

makes a great addition to warming drinks -- either on the hot cider side or even on the gluhwein side.

Eg take some apple juice, dilute with water if it's too sweet, heat it up with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel and some juice, add calvados. Drink and be warmed.

Or if you prefer on a red wine base, that's great too. Heat the wine with the spices and citrus, dilute with apple juice for sweetness, add calvados.

Is also good in white sangria.
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:04 AM on February 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Autumn Leaves cocktail from ye olde Mr Boston's does nicely with a young rough Calvados.

Otherwise, I like a splash of it in squash dishes, like soup or roasted veggies.
posted by crush at 11:07 AM on February 16, 2020

Porc Normande? This recipe is a lot like the one I've used in the past.
posted by fiercekitten at 1:08 PM on February 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Calvados is excellent with pork! Stuffed pork chops with apples and calvados, for instance, or roasted pork loin with calvados cream sauce--and I'd be tempted to use on many other things besides the roasted pork loin. (I haven't tried either of those specific recipes, they're just close to un-recipe'd dishes I have enjoyed.)

It also works nicely with figs: poach figs in it to put on ice cream or cakes, reduce it and drizzle over blue cheese or chevre-stuffed figs, or substitute some of the water in fig jam with it.
posted by rhiannonstone at 2:01 PM on February 16, 2020

oh yeah I've poured it over vanilla ice cream, that's pretty good
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:48 PM on February 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Calvados is brilliant in flourless chocolate cake. (It's pretty good in regular chocolate cake, too, but flourless is where it really shines.) Basically, once you have your batter ready to pour into the baking dish, add about a tablespoon of Calvados and stir in thoroughly. Rich and complex and satisfying.

You can also add about a teaspoon to sweetened whipped cream to top the cake. Or to top anything else dessert-y you happen to have.

And if you're making any recipe involving dried fruit (fruitcake, raisin cookies, sweet breads) soak the dried fruit in Calvados (covering it entirely) for about half an hour before using, to plump it. Don't do this if you won't be cooking the fruit-- it will be too strong. But it will be lovely after baking.
posted by Rush-That-Speaks at 4:01 PM on February 16, 2020

Ricotta Calvados cake
posted by unstrungharp at 5:56 PM on February 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Gamey poultry, generally, is nice with Calvados. Pheasant, quail, etc.
posted by unstrungharp at 6:15 PM on February 16, 2020

Pears poached in brandy are delicious. I can't imagine that using calvados would be a bad way to go.
posted by pykrete jungle at 7:20 PM on February 16, 2020

I make a proper English pouring custard for autumn fruit pies/crumbles/crisps, and our homemade (young and rough) apple brandy is my go to flavoring agent when we're out of vanilla.
posted by ananci at 7:23 PM on February 16, 2020

Grandmothers apple cake. I have made this recipe several times. It’s very moist.
posted by bilabial at 7:44 PM on February 16, 2020

I know you mentioned not drinking it, but I bet it would work perfectly in Smitten Kitchen's Apple Cider Sangria recipe.
posted by kylej at 10:10 PM on February 16, 2020

any recipe from normandy for any meal involving any ingredients at all will benefit from the addition of calvados. you could literally just throw a dart at a wall full of norman recipes and add calva to whichever one it hits.

fine, maybe not the seafood.
posted by poffin boffin at 10:55 PM on February 16, 2020

Goes well with Martin Beck.
posted by y2karl at 3:00 PM on February 17, 2020

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