As the days grow colder, the evenings grow longer, and we find a moment to linger by the woodstove, sipping 5-year-old Pommeau, deep in conversation making winter plans...
Lively Run's brie style cheese, Sheldrake Moon, is transformed into a decadent autumn treat with our own Northern Spy apples, toasted nuts and Beeman Apiaries raw honey scooped up with toasted Wide Awake Bakery sour dough and paired with Eve's 13/17 Pommeau (GET IT SHIPPED).
All these farmers are friends and neighbors of Eve's Cidery!
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer. There is a deeper chill in the air. Autumn has just finished the grape harvest over on Seneca Lake and Ezra and crew have a little over over a week of apple picking left. The last of the homestead harvest is being gathered...the frosted chili peppers, the beets and carrots, the winter squash are all piled in boxes in the kitchen demanding to be processed or stored away.
Fall on the farm is a frenetic time. Different than summer, more work has to be crammed into a shorter day and the impending freeze of winter sets an absolute deadline. Still, there's now that new sliver of time at the end of the day when the early darkness puts an end to outside work but it's not yet time for dinner and bed.
This is a good time to ponder the newly bottled pommeau...and to make winter plans. Dreams for that elusive time when there's a little less to do...
As an apéritif or as a dessert, our warm, nutty pommeau is inspiring paired with a New-York-State-fall-flavored twist on a classic recipe.
Take a soft, bloomy rind cheese like Brie, Camembert, or a local version like Lively Run's Sheldrake Moon, wrap it in tin foil and put it in the oven for a bit until the cheese is melted inside.
While it's melting, toast thinly sliced sour dough bread to make crostini, toast a hand full of chopped nuts, and then caramelize some finely diced, full flavored apples by cooking them until soft and slightly browned in butter with a dash of cinnamon.
After placing it on a plate, cut a large hole in the top of the rind, fill it with apples and nuts, and drizzle raw honey on top.
Scoop gooey warm cheese and melted honey with your sourdough crisps and sip and savor a great pommeau.
About The Pairing Issue
If I popped into your house, would I find cider at your table? For a growing number of artisan beverage lovers, the answer is yes! But giving cider a seat at the table continues to keep me up at night. The Pairing Issue is a monthly "how-to" about bringing cider into your life through daily meals and simple friendly gatherings.