Dearest Readers, do you like Apples? I do but I’m really picky, they have to be super crunchy and juicy. So that’s why I usually have green apples as they generally quite crunchy but more often than not very sour. That’s until I met a new kind of apples and that’s the new variety ‘Jazz Apples’. A red apple that is a cross between Gala and Braeburn apples, it’s got the sweetness you want but most importantly, it’s super crunchy!
A couple months back, I was invited to the Jazz Apple Masterclass with Alana Lowes. As soon as I saw Alana’s name I was excited because I have been following Alana since her Masterchef days, I remember she appeared really friendly and passionate about food on TV, and she turned out to be exactly that! So approachable
The event was held at the Raw Materials studio in Footscray, I remember it being a long drive from my office in Knox but luckily I made it there on time. Was quite surprised to see such a large spacious kitchen inside a warehouse. I had some blog friends there too BBFF (Shellie), Thanh and Agnes.
We started off with this Apple and Rosemary sorbet, it was refreshing and not at all too sour, I wasn’t sure if rosemary was going to work. But it definitely did and I don’t know why, but imagine some pork belly would work so well with this sorbet. Here’s the recipe for it
Next it was time get stuck into it, Alana had a few dishes she wanted to show us, the first was a Jazz apple slaw. Something I learnt from Alana is to soak the apples in some lemon water to stop them from browning ~ Gosh I wish I had such good knife skills, I never seem to be able to make them the same size!
The apple slaw was awesome! I really liked the crunch from the apples and the dressing which was a combination of mustard, whole egg mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice. So refreshing, I think I could’ve had the whole bowl myself ~
Now to the show stopper of the night and that’s the Sticky Smokey Spicy Pork, Alana has already placed them in the oven before we arrived, so they were more than half way done. However, needed to be basted in the marinade (mixture of BBQ sauce, Maple syrup and brown sugar) every half an hour or so.
It was pure torture seeing Alana cut the pork ribs and not being able to immediately take one and put it into my mouth. I had to be polite, let her plate it properly, we then all took photos of it before we could dig in
How good do these Pork Ribs looks?!? Even seeing the photo makes my mouth water, they were perfectly cooked, tender, succulent and slightly spicy! I’m not going to tell you how many ribs I had…but let just say I had my fair share but I still want more! Highly recommend you try making at home, recipe here.
While the ribs were still in the oven, Alana had started making the dessert, a Jazz Apple, Rhubarb and Ginger Filo Scrunch. To me it’s a very wintery dessert, especially with rhubarb and ginger ~ It’s actually quite easy to make, chop the apples and rhubarb, mix the ginger, all spice, brown sugar and and orange juice. Then gently place it onto the filo pastry and scrunch it up, glueing it together with some melted better. It’s a relatively healthy dessert too, there’s no fat in filo pastry compared to others such as puff ~
Ta da! All scrunched up and ready to be popped into the oven! They’re pretty big so I think it’s best to share with two people, but of course you could skip dinner and just eat this
Dessert is served! Only took about 20 minutes in the oven, until the filling was soft and pastry was crispy ~ Alana then topped it with vanilla ice-cream! Perfect match to a warm dessert, I really liked the heat from the freshly grated ginger, and was impressed that the Jazz apples still retained it shape after being in the oven We were also amazed and Alana’s skills of scooping a quenelle! She made it look so effortless!
It was a wonderful event, getting to meet Alana in person and most importantly getting to know more about Jazz apples! They have very quickly become my favourite types of apples! Unfortunately, though the season has ended this year and we wont be seeing any Jazz apples until April next year I will be waiting patiently for them to return!
Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended the Jazz Apple Masterclass as guests of Media Moguls