David Lebovitz’s Fresh Grape Sorbet
The other day, my husband brought home some grapes from a friend’s house. It was in fact the same friend that gave us duck eggs a few months ago. We tried a few of the tiny things and I was surprised that they all had two or three seeds inside. The taste was very nice though – not too sweet and almost smoky. I asked if our friend was intending to make wine with them and it turns out yes, he is planning to but not until next year when he hopes to get a larger crop.
The next day, I was cruising around some of my favorite blogs looking for ice cream recipes when I stumbled upon this entry from David Lebovitz. David made sherbet from wine grapes and I decided it was meant to be. After all, the grapes were lovely but with all those seeds they weren’t much fun to eat straight up. (Unless maybe you are a seed-spitting sharp shooter and you are looking for lots of ammo.)
David had a neat tip for removing the stems from the grapes. You place them in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and take them for a spin.
And ta-da! A few moments later, the grapes are more or less removed from their bonds. After that, the grapes are heated until soft and pressed through a food mill to remove the seeds and skins.
Here’s my rig, set upon my 8-cup glass mixing bowl.
I got a little over two cups of juice, which were mixed with some sugar, corn syrup, and a few tablespoons of wine. Once the sugar was dissolved, I chilled the mixture for several hours before putting it in my ice-cream maker.
After churning, it was still quite slushy and looked much darker than David’s. I waited patiently until the next day, and then we had this:
Still a little darker (maybe due to the type of grape?) and definitely more of a sorbet than a sherbet. David says this recipe is technically more of a sorbet because it has no dairy or eggs, so I am rolling with that. Whatever you call it, it’s incredibly refreshing and a very grown-up take on frozen desserts. It’s not cloyingly sweet but it is deeply flavored. If our friend happens to still have more grapes than he can use, I’ll be happy to take more off his hands and make more of this!