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Concord Grape Sorbet

Ladies and Gents, this weekend saw the maiden voyage of the KitchenAid ice-cream maker attachment, with which we may be officially in love:

concord grape sorbet

Unlike the rest of you (apparently), I am not a canning person. I burn myself a lot (currently nursing a second-degree burn on my middle finger from a brush with the toaster oven, and a minor burn on my inner arm from bumping into a hot cookie sheet), and just don't think sterilizing jars is something I ought to attempt. But I love the idea of capturing a flavor that's right in season in a way that lasts just a little bit longer. Now (thanks to our friends Beth and Shaun), we can make sorbet!

We used this recipe for Concord Grape Sorbet from a recent New York Magazine. The recipe comes from Meredith Kurtzman, pastry chef at Otto, which we tried for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

The sorbet turned out well. How amazing to watch the stuff freeze before our eyes! It's kind of a time-consuming recipe - not active time, just waiting time. I think there is an additional chilling phase because you do not cook the grapes as you do in some other sorbets, so you have to let the mixture sit to combine the flavors for quite a while longer. If I made it again, I would (a) double the recipe, as it doesn't make a huge amount and (b) cut the amount of simple syrup, as it seemed to dilute the grapey flavor a bit.

Next journey: mint ice cream!

Posted by jess at October 13, 2009 2:14 PM | TrackBack
Comments

I LOVE mint ice cream! Will you put flecks of dark chocolate in there?

Posted by: Aimee at October 13, 2009 5:46 PM

I LOVE mint ice cream! Will you put flecks of dark chocolate in there?

Posted by: Aimee at October 13, 2009 5:52 PM

I burn myself all the time, too! The last time I was in an industrial kitchen, I did it TWICE, and that was just while I was sauteeing onions! Man, you'd think I was old enough not to do that anymore, but I guess not.

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 13, 2009 7:24 PM

Oh my goodness that looks absolutely delicious! and that color! Whoa, where can I find yarn in that shade?

Posted by: Brandi at October 14, 2009 1:18 AM

Wow that looks delicious! And the color! Whoa, where can I find me some yarn in that shade?

Posted by: Brandi at October 14, 2009 1:21 AM

I want that attachment sooooo bad, maybe it will be my birthday present to myself this year.

Posted by: claire warren at October 14, 2009 3:57 PM

Wow - I have had a Kitchenaid mixer for 20 years and I never knew there was an ice cream attachment. Sounds VERY interesting. I have been wanting to try making sorbet - I think you've shown me the way! Can't wait to get the attachment and try it.

Posted by: wrkber at October 14, 2009 8:49 PM

Yum! I am nursing a sore throat and I think sorbet would do the trick.

Posted by: Knittripps at October 15, 2009 7:59 AM

That looks fabulous!

Posted by: emily at October 17, 2009 1:12 PM

Hmm, that looks yummy.

Posted by: Milly at October 17, 2009 2:01 PM

Is it bad that my first thought about mint ice cream is that it would be an amazing match for your cute jadite bowl? Sorry... long-term milk glass obsession, relatively more recent binge of wedding planning. What is it about weddings that makes you spend more time carefully considering the colors of food than ever before?

Anyway, I had amazing lavender ice-cream a month or so back. No helpful recipe of course, but I wouldn't give up on the dream just because of that.

Posted by: beth at October 18, 2009 8:57 PM

That looks delicious, I love grape (which my grandmother always yelled about for some strange reason). But mint? Mmmm.

Posted by: Roxanne at October 19, 2009 3:51 PM

Looks yummy... makes me hungry. BTW so does the grape pie one post up... well I guess I know what to do with my parents' extra grapes next year. Thanks!

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