Kingdom of the Blind: Beef Stew and Warm Apple Crisp with Thick Cream

Kingdom of the Blind: Beef Stew and Warm Apple Crisp with Thick Cream

“They’d taken Benedict home then. To the Gamache home.
Now, all showered and in warm clothes, they’d joined the others in a meal of beef stew and warm apple crisp with thick cream. Comfort foods that rarely failed in their one great task.”

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Beef Stew

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: Approximately 1 1/2 hours


  • 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) beef stew, cut into 2.5 cm (1 in) cubes
  • 1 onion, cut into thin rings
  • 15 g (1 tbsp.) butter
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp.) olive oil
  • 30 g (4 tbsp.) flour
  • 250 mL (1 cup) red wine
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) veal stock or meat broth
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • ½ kale, core removed, thinly sliced
  • 10 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper


  • In a casserole dish, over medium heat, brown the meat and onion in the butter and oil for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with flour and mix. Pour in the red wine and veal stock.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

  • Then add celery, carrot and cabbage on top. Cover again and cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

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Apple Crisp with Thick Cream

Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes


  • 675 g (1 1/2 lbs) Cortland or McIntosh apples, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 150g (3/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 90g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, tempered
  • 55g (1/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 250 g (1 cup) rolled oats
  • A pinch of salt
  • 250ml (1 cup) heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Butter a square pan of about 17 cm (7″).
  • In a bowl, mix the apples with half the brown sugar. Place in pan.
  • In the same bowl, mix remaining brown sugar with butter, flour, oats and salt. Cover the apples with the crisp.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until crisp is golden and apples are cooked.
  • Serve warm, pouring heavy cream over the crisp.

3 replies on “Kingdom of the Blind: Beef Stew and Warm Apple Crisp with Thick Cream”

I fold in some apple butter to whipped cream and mascarpone ..you can guild the lily by adding a bit of apple brandy or Calvados to the crisp before baking it or pour a teaspoon over each serving before you add the topping 😉

Hello. The stew ingredients call for kale, but the stew directions (and photo?) refer to cabbage. I’m guessing it should be cabbage?

Beef Stew — The ingredients say “1/2 kale, core removed” but in the directions, it refers to “cabbage.” I think it’s obvious that the ingredients should say 1/2 cabbage, core removed, thinly sliced.” If that’s so, how big (or small) is that cabbage head? What is the weight for the amount of cabbage?

PS — LOVE the Three Pines series. I’ve asked Santa (my husband) for “Curiousities.” Thanks so much for letting us live temporarily in Three Pines — seemingly sweet but terribly full of crime. =-^;^-=

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