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Poire William and Creme de Cassis [moved from France]

Michelle007 Aug 2, 2009 11:41 AM

I have SEVERAL bottles of poire william and creme de cassis on hand. Any suggestions on how I might use these ambrosial liquids? I've already made kir royale with the creme de cassis. In Amboise, I had a dish of ice cream served with it. Obviously I can recreate that. How about the poire william though??? Any other uses for the creme de cassis???

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    CJT RE: Michelle007 Aug 3, 2009 07:50 AM

    An obvious suggestion for the Poire is to drink it after dinner. As for the cassis, a common drink in former days was a "Noilly-Cassis". It's Noilly dry vermouth with a small amount of cassis added, served over a few ice cubes in a tall, thin glass. You can add a splash of seltzer water if you like. You can also pour some of the cassis over desserts like a custard pie or sponge or angel food cake.

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      Sherri RE: CJT Aug 3, 2009 04:57 PM

      Creme de Cassis over raspberry sorbet!

      In winter, when making roasted pork and pears, I deglaze the roasting pan with Poire William (always saving some aside for the cook).

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        ChefJune RE: Sherri Aug 4, 2009 08:58 AM

        I do similarly with a pot roast with roasted pears.

        Creme de Cassis is good with berries for shortcake.

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      Michelle007 RE: Michelle007 Aug 4, 2009 07:34 AM

      Thank you for some very good suggestions. I particularly like the ideas of using the cassis over custard pie and the poire william with roasted pork and autumn fruits.

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        GJW RE: Michelle007 May 31, 2010 02:08 PM

        My favorite with Poire William eau de vie is to add it into Crème Brulee – Pear and Raspberry with a Pear Eau De Vie....

        1. yarm RE: Michelle007 May 31, 2010 05:23 PM


          1 1/2 oz Tequila
          3/4 oz Creme de Cassis
          3/4 oz Lime Juice
          Ginger Ale (I've used ginger beer with good results)

          Shake all but ginger beer with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Top with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel, and add straw.


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            invinotheresverde RE: yarm Jun 2, 2010 09:52 PM

            Okay, that just sounds ridiculously awesome.

          2. EvergreenDan RE: Michelle007 Jun 2, 2010 06:52 AM

            Cassis makes an excellent Batida:

            2 oz cachaca
            1 oz cassis
            1/2 to 3/4 oz lime (about 1/2 big lime)

            Same with Poire Wiliam:
            1 1⁄2 oz Cachaca
            1⁄2 oz Pear eau-de-vie
            1⁄2 oz Ginger Liqueur (e.g. Canton)
            3⁄4 oz Lime
            1⁄2 oz Grenadine ( or )
            1⁄3 oz Cherry juice (from high-quality jarred baking cherries)
            garnish with a cube of candied ginger

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              zin1953 RE: Michelle007 Jun 7, 2010 04:18 PM

              Well, if the Poire is really good, just drink it!

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