Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Concord Grape Sorbet

Imagine a delicious dessert that both you and your kids will love, that is elegant enough to serve to company, that can be made days ahead, that is good for you, and contains only two ingredients. One of the ingredients is superfine sugar (Do not buy this, you can easily make it yourself, see directions below.), the other is concord grapes.

Concord grapes that are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus, are one of the super foods.  A good non-dairy source of calcium, they also contain a small amount of protein.  The purple skin of the grapes contain a polyphenol, which acts as an antioxidant protecting you from cell damage caused by toxins in the body. According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, polyphenols found in concord grapes can strengthen your immune response and could even protect you from developing some forms of cancer.  And you get all of this, in a DESSERT!

Concord Grape Sorbet

2 pounds Concord grapes, washed, stemmed, and divided 
(I used Melissa’s)
½ cup superfine sugar

Place grapes into the work bowl of a food processor and purée until smooth.  Force mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or food mill into a bowl resting beneath, and discard collected solids.  Whisk in sugar until dissolved.  (Depending upon the sweetness of your grapes and your palate, you may use less sugar than this.)  Chill until very cold, about 6 hours. Freeze in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, 2-3 hours.

Now that you have the ice cream maker out, you may want to try one of these recipes:

How to make superfine sugar
Pour 1 cup of granulated sugar into the work bowl of a food processor.  Cover processor with dish towel as a fine dust is formed in the process that can make a real mess of your countertop.  Turn on processor and let run for 2 minutes.  Turn off processor.  You now have ¾ cup superfine sugar.  You can scale the measurements to meet your needs, always be sure to add just a bit more granulated sugar than you need in the superfine variety.

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Mich Piece of Cake said...

Only 2 ingredients! This looks too good for me to believe that that's all the ingredients it took. Would love to have this on a hot and sunny day.

Lynn said...

How fun, I thought about making this too! The grapes are really good this year-enjoy:@)

Mary said...

What a gorgeous color, so simple to make and non-dairy too! I may have to break down and buy an ice cream maker :)