Concord grape ice cream is a fantastic idea, in case you were wondering.
The flavor is subtle yet very recognizable.
I served it at Thanksgiving with some chocolate black out cake that I made for dessert.
Don't mind the color in that photo. It really is more purple-y (like in the first photo). I am pretty sure the lighting at Sue's house is to blame.
Anyways..... it went marvelously with the cake.
And on it's own.
The entire batch was consumed during dessert.
This ice cream does not freeze that hard so you don't want to leave it out of the freezer too long.
If you don't have an ice cream machine then I recommend getting one. Making your own ice cream opens up a whole new level of ice cream flavor and texture experiences.
Concord Grape Ice Cream
2 cups grape juice (from Concord grapes)
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups half & half
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grape syrup (recipe above)
Heat grape juice and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. It will reduce a bit BUT you still want to have 2 cups of syrup at the end.
After it has simmered, remove from heat and let cool a bit.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar and eggs until well combined. Beat in cream, half & half, and vanilla on low speed. Slowly add in the grape syrup, beating continuously, until well mixed.
Chill mixture in fridge for about 2 hours.
After it is thoroughly chilled, place in ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions.
Store, covered, in freezer until firm.
This is definitely one of those unusual ice cream flavors that people will remember and ask you to make again and again.
*Note* - We used the juice from grapes in our garden. You don't want to use a store bought grape juice filled with sugars. Just steam the grapes to open the skins and then press the grapes to get the juice out. You can discard the skins after pressing them.