Concord Grape Muffins

by jerseygirl on October 4, 2010 · 14 comments

When most people think of fruits of the fall season, apples, pears and pumpkins come to mind. While I love all of these, my favorite is two other fruits. The first is Concord grapes. I love the fragrant smell and the tart but sweet first bite. I could do without the seeds but removing them is well worth it. Or sometimes, I just eat the grapes whole and hope I don’t have vines growing in my tummy. Do you remember that myth? As a child, I thought that if you swallowed the seeds, you would have vines growing in your stomach. My second fruit of choice is the wonderful forbidden fruit. I love pomegranates even though they are messy and the juice will stain anything it comes in contact with. Again, well worth all the labor. Until this week, I have never baked with either one of these fruits. But then I happened to be blog surfing and I saw a recipe for Okanagan grape muffins on Kootenay Bliss. I knew I had to try them but I wanted to use Concord grapes. I made just a few changes and here they are. They made the kitchen smell wonderful and the little pools of grapes turn into a tart purple jelly. The seeding can be time consuming but worth it. Try them and you’ll love them!

Concord Grape Muffins (Adapted from Kootenay Bliss)
2 1/2 C flour
3/4 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 C buttermilk
2 medium eggs (well beaten)
1/2 C melted butter
1 1/2 C Concord grapes grapes, halved and seeded
powdered sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper cups. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre. Add buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Stir until ingredients are just combined. Lightly fold in grapes. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Cool for at least 10 minutes in pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool. Makes 12 to 16 muffins.

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Emily October 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

Oh my gosh you have no idea how much I want one of these. I've always, always wanted to try a Concord grape. We don't have them at all here. I wonder if I could order them online? Hmm.

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Peter M October 5, 2010 at 5:36 am

OMG, you made muffins with my favbourite grape, the Concord!

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Annie October 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

These look good too! I have never used grapes in baking either, but the way you describe the fragrance made me feel like I was right there in your kitchen while they were baking. YUM!

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kat October 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

I wonder if I can get concord grapes around here?

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Leslie October 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

I have never cooked w/ concord grapes. Hmmmm..wonder if I have ever eaten them???
They sound yummy

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Pam October 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

What a great idea – I never think to cook with concord grapes. They look terrific!

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The Japanese Redneck October 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Woulda never thought of using grapes. I always thought grapes were for out of hand snacking.

Great idea!

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Katerina October 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Muffins with grapes. Sounds like the perfect idea.

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Chef Fresco October 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I must say I have never had grape muffins! Looks tasty!

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Katrina October 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Yum. Those would be good in a peanut butter muffin, too! 😉
I came in to some Concord grapes recently and the boys wouldn't eat them, so I made raisins in my dehydrator. They are smaller grapes, so I didn't even realize they have seeds–but they sure have made some sweet raisins.

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Debbie October 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

Lisa those muffins look delicous and the apple cake is perfect for this time of year. I need some apple recipes for a church function so I am going to give the cake a try!

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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] October 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Hehe I used to think vines and trees would grow inside me too 😛

The muffins look delicious, I haven't ever baked with grapes!

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Jamie October 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I have never thought about putting grapes in muffins. I don't think I've ever seen concord grapes in my area though. Have fun on your trip to Iowa.

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Camilla October 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

omg, these are gorgeous, lisa!

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