"To all at the Walnut Grove, thank you so much for a wonderful week. To Benedict who gets so passionate when talking about food, wishing you all the best in your new adventure in Vancouver. To Freya with the big bubbly smile thanks for making us feel so welcome. To Maynard, I will never look at a piece of chervil again without remembering this week. I'm going home to practice!
Wishing you continued success."
Cath Curran
September 2015

Walnut Grove Recipes

Apple and Calvados Sorbet

Makes aprox 700ml

  • 600ml apple juice
  • 200ml water
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 75ml Calvados
  • juice of 1 lemon


Bring water & apple juice to boil stir in sugar until dissolved and simmer for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, add juice of lemon and calvados, mix well

Leave to cool and transfer to an ice cream machine. Churn until a soft and icy texture, then transfer to a solid plastic container, seal and freeze. Alternatively, freeze the mixture in a shallow container, beating 2 or 3 times during freezing.

To serve remove from freezer 10 mins before you are ready to use it

Serving Suggestions

Can obviously be used as a sorbet course, or incorporated into a dessert. Lovely and refreshing with fresh melon..

Advanced Preparation

Can be made a few days in advance. Sorbets with alcohol in them tend to melt more quickly and refreeze harder so avoid taking it out of the freezer then refreezing too many times.

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