Concord Grape Muffins with Peanut Butter Glaze

by jerseygirl on October 10, 2011 · 17 comments

While everyone has been flooding the internet with pumpkin recipes, I have been searching high and low for Concord grapes. I love everything about Concord grapes. From their aromatic smell to their intense, sweet, musky flavor, I could just sniff and eat them by the pound. I don’t enjoy seeding them one bit so maybe I should take back some of the love. But then again, childbirth isn’t fun either but you have to keep your eye on the prize. I am not so sure I can compare seeding Concord grapes to childbirth. But the tedious, painful chore is well worth it after looking at your finished cups of  seedless, halved grapes and knowing you are ready to bake muffins. 
    
The other reason I love Concord grapes is that they remind me of my grandfather. When I was a child, he would grow them. I remember walking through the garden with him and the smell of the fragrant grapes. We would eat them right off the vine. My grandfather was funny because he wouldn’t want anyone to touch them before they were perfectly ripened.  I think he also counted the exact number on each cluster. If you snuck a few off the vine, he would always know. 
The Concord grape season is quite short and I feel lucky to have found some gapes this late in the season. The season usually starts in the late summer and ends in the early fall. I have found another  grape similar to the Concord. The Niabell table grape is often called  the “California Concord”. They grow in a mild climate and come out of the San Joaquin Valley of California. I have seen some varieties of these grapes in the markets and they are a good substitute for Concord grapes. They don’t have the same aromatic smell but they do taste intensely sweet like the Concord does. 
When I finally found my grapes, I decided to make some muffins. I love baking with them because they melt into little purple pools of jelly. And I dream about my house smelling of one big Concord grape.  Just to add a little something to these muffins, I made a simple glaze of peanut butter and honey. The muffins are also good plain, but the glaze made them that more special. Have you ever tried baking with Concord grapes? 
  
Concord Grape Muffins with Peanut Butter Glaze
   
2 cups flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 TBS canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups halved, seeded Concord grapes
Glaze:
1 1/2 TBS smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 TBS honey
1 to 2 TBS warm water
Position oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard 12 cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix with light strokes until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Don’t over mix; batter should not be smooth. Add grapes and combine. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted in one or two of the muffins come out clean and the tops are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Cool on a baking rack. While the muffins are baking, mix together peanut butter and honey in a small shallow bowl. Add one to two TBS warm water so that mixture thins out to a smooth glaze. As soon as the muffins are cooled for a few minutes, dip them one at a time in the glaze. Set on a rack to cool. Makes 12 muffins.

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vanillasugarblog October 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Lisa! I love concord grapes in muffins! Adding a pb glaze is genius!
Must try these.
Great job Lisa!

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Erica October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Haha love the grape/seed comparison to child birth ;). The glaze on these looks ah-mazing

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Shelby October 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Lisa, these sound amazing!! My parents grow concord grapes and I had the opportunity to have some when I was visiting a couple weeks ago. What a great recipe, sounds even better than a PBJ sandwich! :)

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Angela October 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I love your story and my grandfather grew concords and I also love them (even crunching up the seeds). Great recipe!

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Cathy W October 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Holy cow those muffins look good! I've never made a thing with concord grapes–can you even find them in Minnesota? LOL Now I'm going to be on the hunt for them…

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That Girl October 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I don't think I've ever had a grape muffin!

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Mari October 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

Terrific idea, Lisa. I am sure these taste spectacular! I would love to try these grape muffins.

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The Japanese Redneck October 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

What an interesting recipe.

They sound like a twisted version of peanut butter and grape jelly!

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Meaghan Luby October 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

i love the idea of a grape muffin! i love grapes and peanut butter together in a sandwich (like a slightly more savvy PB&J) and imagine this would be just as delightful :)

thanks for sharing! love you/love your blog, sorry to have vanished for awhile! ;)
-meg
@ http://clutzycooking.blogpsot.com

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Leslie October 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

I dont think I have ever had a concord grape. Shame on me!

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Diane {Created by Diane} October 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Yum, I love grapes!

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Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

I love this combination! It's almost like a PBJ muffin! Well worth the effort.

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Ciao Chow Linda October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

Lisa – We installed a grape arbor over our last house and grew concord (and other) grapes and I loved making grape juice from them. I was sad when the new owners took the grapes down!!! Great combo using the grapes with the peanut butter.

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teresa October 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

i would never think to bake with concord grapes, genius, and totally delicious! i love the glaze as well.

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Pam October 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Why have I never thought of baking with grapes. These muffins look fantastic!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking October 14, 2011 at 5:57 am

so interesting! I've never had concord grapes before. These muffins look really good though – especially that glaze!

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Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom October 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I never would have thought of these ingredients together…very clever!

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