Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cider Sunday - Apple Pie w/ Hillbilly Cider & Dark Chocolate

Almost everyone loves a good apple pie. And, when it combines two of my favourite things: chocolate and apple cider you have my attention. This recipe belongs to Tessa from Hillbilly Cider and was featured on The Living Room - An Australian lifestyle show hosted by Australian journalist and media presenter Amanda Keller. 

Hillbilly Cider apple cider has delicate sweet apple flavours which reflect the ingredients - 100% whole crushed mountain apples including an apple named Julie, a previously unused cider making apple. The results speak for themselves. This is a good cider.

With no added sugar or concentrates the cider is unpasteurised and gluten free. The apples are sourced from Bilpin and crushed in Appledale near Orange, one of my favourite parts of NSW.

See my full review of Hillbilly cider here

Tessa from Hillbilly Cider happily shared her recipe with us for this week's Cider Sunday.

Enjoy x

Miguel from The Living Room and Hillbilly Cider's Tessa

Tessa’s Apple pie with Hillbilly Cider & Dark Chocolate

2 and ¼ cups plain flour
4 tbsp cocoa powder
150 g butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1-2 tbsp Hillbilly apple cider (as needed to bind the dough)

Approx. 12-15 apples sliced
1 tbsp cinnamon
¼ cup dark chocolate
50 g butter
4 tbsp Hillbilly apple cider

1. Combine crust ingredients to make crust and press into buttered pie dish  (9”). Put in  fridge for 30 mins.
2. Peel and slice apples, simmer with cinnamon, Hillbilly cider and butter until soft
3. Add chocolate and stir until melted.
4. Pour mixture into case
5. Roll out remaining dough and assemble lattice crust
6. Bake for 30-40 mins at 180 degrees until crust is crispy.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and an ice cold Hillbilly Apple Cider.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cider Sunday - Cloudy Lobo Cider

The Adelaide Hills has managed to establish an excellent reputation for quality fruit and this week's cider sources takes full advantage of that fact.

A little different to most, Lobo cider is a cloudy style of cider. First, the apples are crushed and pressed before a yeast is added to help start the fermentation process. The cider is bottled unfiltered and therefore natural yeast and apple sediment is present.

If you are curious about the label, Lobo is actually Spanish for wolf. Interestingly, the guys from Lobo employed the talents of LA Illustrator Jason Holley to create the wolf character. 

Upon first pour, the cider has a nice earthy aroma and a fairly low amount of carbonation. The flavour and style is somewhat similar to a scrumpy - It is not overly sweet and the little sweetness it does have is balanced by a medium acidic structure.

Pete and I both enjoyed this one, it is easy to drink and its balanced sweetness allows you to drink several of these without feeling like you have just finished a lolly water binging session.

This one will pair well with grilled meats or seafood. 

At 5.7% alcohol, 330ml bottle will provide you with 1.5 standard drinks. 

Happy Mother's Day to those of you heading out today to celebrate with family or friends. Hope your day includes some nice refreshing cider.

Monday, May 6, 2013

WIN a Magnum Pink or Black experience to the value of $150!

We all have different sides to our personality depending on what mood we are in, so Magnum has launched ‘different Magnums for different moments’. The two brand new contrasting varieties; Magnum Pink and Magnum Black, have been tailored to suit both the playful and sophisticated sides of our personalities.

Those pleasure seekers feeling cheeky, fun or even flirty can reach for a Magnum Pink. Made to match the more bubbly side of your personality, Magnum Pink consists of a surprising and exciting silky and delicate taste with Marc de Champagne and sauce wrapped perfectly in a pearlescent pink layer of cracking Magnum chocolate. It’s a heavenly pink cloud of moreish perfection that will bring out one’s playful side. 

Magnum Black is for those of us feeling a little more sophisticated, elegant and refined. Irresistibly cool and delectably decadent, Magnum Black is a ripple of intense black espresso coffee swirl all covered in a thick layer of dark Magnum cracking chocolate. 

To celebrate the launch, Streets Magnum and The Food Mentalist are giving one lucky person the chance to WIN either a pink OR a black experience to the value of $150:

Pink: A heavenly spa experience of your choice at your nearest Endota Spa

Black: A sophisticated dinner at your favourite restaurant (a money voucher will be supplied)

For your chance to WIN this pleasure pack, all you have to do is like The Food Mentalist on Facebook here and Streets Magnum here , leave a comment below telling me whether you think you have more of a pink or black personality and which prize you’d like. The competition closes at 11.59pm Sunday 19 May and is open to Australian residents only. Please leave your name along with your comments and I will contact the winner through Facebook on Monday 20 May.

The limited edition Magnum Pink and Magnum Black is available in all major supermarkets, grocery and corner shops, petrol and convenience stores. $3.50 RRP for single serves and $7.99 RRP for grocery multipacks of four.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cider Sunday - Event - Batlow Cider Fest 2013

In recent years entrepreneurs have used Batlow’s apples to develop apple ciders that have been accepted wholeheartedly by Aussies. Cider Fest 2013 opens the way for Batlow to host visitors from all over the country and encourage them to enjoy fresh mountain air, spectacular scenery and a friendly community atmosphere as the main street is once again closed to traffic to accommodate seating, entertainers, food stalls and cider booths.

Held on Saturday 18 May, Cider Fest 2013 isn’t just about enjoying the company of friends and family, sampling ciders and listening to great music. It’s about relaxing, exchanging ideas on apple-related products and celebrating another “fruitful” harvest in a town that’s famous for apples. Although last year’s inaugural Cider Fest came hard on the heels of a disastrous hail storm and was preceded by declining prices and an influx of fruit from overseas, the Batlow community is equally prepared to organise a celebration in the face of good fortune.

Cider Fest 2013 is set to attract visitors from all over the state. In raising the bar for 2013, Cider Fest organisers have created a conference day for discussions and workshops about “value adding” at the farm gate to produce apple-related products. They are confident that opportunities can be opened up by apple growers and other people who have the goal of creating new products in a town that is famous for apples. A cider judge and hotel merchandiser, cider producers, cider-apple growers and other motivated and enthusiastic people will encourage Conference attendees to develop apple-related products as a step towards a profitable future.

Locally grown and Batlow-made products will feature in the food stalls, a baking competition will result in an apple pie sell-off late in the afternoon of Saturday 18 May, boutique cider producers will be sure to have plenty of stocks on hand and talented entertainers will contribute to a relaxing day. 

There will be no admission fee to the Saturday event, freshly picked apples will be available at several different locations throughout the town, country hospitality will be in evidence and the conference on Friday 17 May will encourage free exchange of ideas for progress.

Although the emphasis for Cider Fest 2013 will be on food and drink, with adults being sure to appreciate the quality of all products on offer, children will not be left without fun games to play; and if last year’s competition is anything to go by, the William Tell apple shooting game sounds like a lot of fun.

To find out more visit the website and bookings for the Conference on Friday 17 May can be made by phoning Annette Lindgren (02 6941 1400) or Kevin Dodds (0427 918 315) before Friday 10 May 2013.