EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL FLAVORS OF NORMANDY
Follow the Normandy Routes du Cidre (Cider Route) to explore the local countryside and villages on our Paris & Normandy
and Impressions of the Seine & Paris
itineraries. A genuine picture postcard of Normandy, the Cider Route takes you to the heart of the Pays d'Auge to discover cider and calvados producers in a setting filled with apple orchards and half-timbered houses. A "Tastes of Normandy" excursion included in your river cruise fare features a tour to a Calvados distillery and a tasting of the famous apple brandy.
APPLE & CALVADOS SORBET
Try our own recipe for Apple & Calvados Sorbet that's often served on board. Enjoy this refreshing dessert that melts in your mouth with a sweet and tangy kick. It's like a taste of spring in Normandy.
2 Granny Smith apples
100 ml (3.5 oz.) water
½ cup lemon juice
86 grams (6 tablespoons) sugar
29 grams (2 tablespoons) Calvados
Peel the apples and slice into thin equal slices. Place the apples in a pot with lemon juice, lemon zest, water and sugar. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, stirring a few times. Remove from heat and pass the apples through a fine sieve to remove lumps. Stir in the Calvados and the sorbet base is ready. You can either use an ice cream machine or just seal the mixture in a plastic container and place in the freezer. Remove from freezer after 1.5 to 3 hours and stir contents. This will allow the mixture to freeze more equally and achieve a smooth sorbet-like consistency. Freeze for at least 6 more hours (overnight is best) and serve.
Makes 2-4 servings.