Those of us living in Ontario or the northeastern United States have always been fortunate to be able to enjoy baskets of fresh Concord grapes every fall. Even more fortunate has been the arrival several years ago of a seedless variety known locally as "Coronation" or "Ontario Blue Grapes". Bursting with an unmistakeable sweet and tangy juice, I snack on these deep-blue-skinned grapes almost compulsively at this time of year, and both Concords and Coronations are great for jams, jellies, preserves, and even pies.
After the first basket or two disappeared from the snack bowls that I set out every day on the table, I knew I had to put these amazing Coronation grapes to use in a treat to share with my blog readers. I was delighted recently by Kevin's idea at Closet Cooking of freezing pieces of cream cheese to put into pancake batter for his blueberry cheesecake pancakes, and then the idea of pancakes with a blue grape sauce struck me. If you like the flavor of Concord grape jellies, you'll be blown away with this blue grape sauce! Best of all, it makes plenty extra to store in a tight-sealed container for several days to pour over ice cream or other baked treats.
If you can't find Coronation grapes, Concords may be used if they are available in your area — follow the instructions below for seeding the grapes. Muscats would make an interesting option as well. If using other table grapes, add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar or honey to the sauce.
|Blue Grape Pancakes|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on October 2, 2011
Cream cheese pancakes served with an amazing sweet and tangy blue grape sauce
Other recipes you may enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Concord Grape Pie
Light and Creamy Ricotta Pancakes
Vanilla Oat Pancakes
Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried Fruit
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