Black Grapes ice cream (or sherbet, if you like)
This Black Grapes ice cream could also be called a sherbet, mixing the freshness and flavour-strenght of the grapes in a sorbet-like way, but adding a little cream that provides some added body and mouthfeel! In short: a great and delicious treat! And since grapes (and raisins) can be toxic for your dog, keep this great ice cream for yourself and your human companions!
  • 675 gram black grapes (Muscat, Zinfandel, Concord or other similar flavourful "wine grape type"; avoid seedless varieties)
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) cream
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) water
  • 225 gram sugar
  1. Start by making a simple sugar syrup: mix the water and the sugar and bring to the boil, whisking until the sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool down.
  2. Wash the grapes in cold water and remove all seeds.
  3. Grind the grapes to a juicy puree with the help of a suitable kitchen assistant or a food mill (small holes-setting).
  4. Whip the cream lightly.
  5. Combine the simple sugar syrup, the pureed grapes and the lightly whipped cream.
  6. Preferably, let the base chill a few hours in the refrigerator.
  7. Churn the base in your ice cream machine (or still-freeze, using your household freezer).
The grapes contain a lot of water, and the relatively large proportion of sugar in the recipe is not only there to boost sweetness but to maintain a good overall consistency. That said, those who find the prescribed sugar too much for their taste could well try to cut back about 5-10 percent. This may impact on the consistency but should hopefully not be a big problem - particularly if you plan on eating the ice cream very soon after churning!