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Recipe: Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream

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For some reason it never occurs to me that grapes are an autumn fruit, but indeed they are.

Grapes are typically harvested between August and October.

When we were in the Finger Lakes over Labor Day weekend we went apple picking. We were quickly seduced by the delightfully strong and sweet aroma of the concord grapevines a few rows over.

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Impulsively, I picked five pounds. Quite quickly too, the vines were lush with grapes.

I may have eaten a few Cleopatra-style.

These bad boys were plump and tasted like candy.

Recipe for Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream - DesignLively

For the first two weeks I ate them plain. Yum!

Then I realized, there is NO way I’m going to eat my way through five pounds before these start to go bad. So I put my thinking cap on and… it immediately went to dessert.

Specifically, ice cream. Grape ice cream.

Berry ice cream is difficult to get right. We had delicious homemade blueberry ice cream at a local ice cream shoppe this summer, and it was so good – a real fruit concentrate makes all the difference. I was inspired.

First we hauled out the juicer. We own a beast of a Jack LaLanne juicer and it came in handy for this recipe! (There are other methods of boiling and straining through cheesecloth, but this was obviously much faster and easier.)

We juiced about 3 pounds of grapes, and we sent the skins through about 5 times before we felt like we got all the juices out.

The result was about three cups of unadulterated grape juice. We drank one cup over ice (yum!).

Recipe for Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream - DesignLively

Sorry for the blah-lit photos. Most of our life happens after work. Aka, when there is no more natural light. : (

The other two cups of grape juice I put on the stove to boil. I slowly stirred in one cup of sugar. I let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Then I transferred it to a covered dish and left it in the fridge overnight to thicken.

The next day I started making the recipe for vanilla ice cream in my Cuisinart ice cream maker.

Recipe for Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream - DesignLively

As the ice cream started to thicken I poured in 2 cups of the grape concentrate and let it stir until completed. The concentrate will make the ice cream slightly runnier than usual. You will want to let it firm up in the freezer.

The result was a creamy, light, grape ice cream!

And definitely not artificial “grape”. My husband said he thought I was crazy when I first started talking about making grape ice cream, since most grape-flavored things taste so fake, but he was pleasantly surprised.

Recipe for Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream - DesignLively

If mine looks drippy it’s because I couldn’t wait any longer to try it 🙂

YUM! This will definitely be a repeated recipe next year.

Grape Concentrate Ingredients:
3 pounds concord grapes
1 cup sugar

Ice Cream Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

Window Shop Wednesday: Kiss Me! I’m the Chef!

It’s that time again! Window Shop Wednesdays with The Katie Chronicles.

Today we’re “shopping” at Williams Sonoma! My mouth is salivating already.

Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven

Someday I will own one of these. Then I will pretend I’m Julia Child and make Boeuf Bourguignon. And it will be delicious.

Nordic Ware Rolled Omelette Pan

I was much more impressive as a child. I remember my Dad teaching me to make omelettes. I was pretty good. So good, in fact, I could flip the omelette over without breaking it.

I can’t do that anymore.

Until I get my skillz back, this omelette pan should do the trick. Then I can stop eating yogurt for breakfast.

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Asparagus Pot

One of my favorite meals in the world is roasted asparagus with eggs (once over easy) and feta.

I have always heard you should cook asparagus vertically like this. I usually just toss them in a pan in the oven with a little bit of water and olive oil.

I may need to look into this.

All-Clad Belgian Waffle Makers

This is one of those things I will always want but will never buy.

I’d like to think if I owned a Belgian Waffle maker that on Saturday mornings I’d pad down the stairs in a fluffy white robe and I’d make waffles dripping with maple syrup and freshly sliced strawberries lightly sprinkled in powdered sugar.

I’d eat them in a cozy little breakfast nook with Chintz curtains.

But… if you know me, you’ll know on Saturdays I get so wrapped up in having no routine that I usually forget to eat at all until it’s 3PM and I’m starving. Alas, no waffles for me. But it’s a nice dream.

What is your dream kitchen utensil? What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Test Kitchen: One Ingredient Ice Cream

I’ve read about “One Ingredient Ice Cream” on a few cooking blogs.

What is that you ask?

It’s basically frozen bananas smushed beyond recognition to form an ice creamy texture.

It sounded easy, inexpensive and healthy. Why not try it?

I peeked some bananas and put them in a tupperware.

…Where does the name tupperware come from?…

I mushed them with a fork before they frozen so they would smash more easily when they were frozen.

Yes, mush and smash are proper cooking terms.

I froze the bananas overnight.

Then I pulled out the frozen “banana slab” and chopped it up with a sharp knife.

Then I used my trusty Kitchen Aid.

Note: I would wait a few minutes and let the banana thaw. Otherwise your blender will make sounds like a toaster thrown inside a washing machine. That may or may not have happened.

At first I was skeptical.

But then the texture started looking more like ice cream.

Looks promising, right?

I decided to test it out on my husband. After all, he heard the “toaster in the washing machine” noise and was wondering what I was up to.

It does look like ice cream.

However… it was quite the letdown.

This was my reaction:

My husband was a little bit nicer.

He said the strawberry I made tasted very nice.

We ate about 3 bites and promptly threw it away.

You win some, you lose some!