Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fresh Grape and Champagne Sorbet for Jessica

Today is a happy, happy day on my blog and so many others.  It's Jessica's virtual bridal shower!

Jessica is the hardworking, fun-loving, highly talented lady behind My Baking Heart.  She blogs some seriously drool-worthy recipes nearly every single day.  We first met on an online cooking board several years ago.  We immediately hit if off based on our love of cooking and baking (duh!) and college football.  I'm an Oklahoma State girl and Jessica is a proud Texas Christian alum.  Now our two school are even in the same conference.  Go Big 12, right Jess?

As a diehard Frogs fan, Jessica loves, loves, LOVES purple.  It's even one of her wedding colors.  naturally, I wanted my contribution to her shower to be sweet, pretty, and purple.  This sorbet couldn't have been much easier to put together; always a plus when you're entertaining.  Served in my grandmother's champagne glasses, it made the perfect purple dessert for Jessica's special occasion.  Cheers to the bride and groom!

To see all the other wonderful contributions to Jessica's shower, check out the wonderful round ups by our hostess, Nikki, and Jessica herself.   


Fresh Grape and Champagne Sorbet
slightly adapted from Bon Appétit, April 2011

Ingredients:
3 c. seedless red grapes
1/16 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 c. Champagne or sparkling wine
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. frozen Concord grape juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 c. water
additional grapes, for garnish
mint leaves, for garnish

Directions:
1.  Purée grapes and cinnamon in a food processor or blender.  Strain to remove skins, if desired.

2.  In a small bowl, combine Champagne, sugar, juice concentrate, and water.  Add 1 1/2 cups grape purée, reserving any left over for another use, if desired.  Stir until sugar dissolves. 

3.  Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.  Transfer to freezer safe airtight container.  Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.  Serve sorbet in Champagne coupes, martini glasses, or other small, shallow dishes.  Garnish with grapes and/or mint, if desired.  Serves 4.

12 comments :

Nikki said...

SO beautiful, Kelsey!! Thanks for participating! xoxo

Jennifer said...

This looks insanely delicious!! I would love some if I had an ice cream maker :(

Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

I was so excited when you said you were making this sorbet for the shower! It looks even more beautiful than I thought it would! Awesome contribution to the shower!

Joanne said...

I met Jessica at Foodbuzz last year and she was SUCH a sweetheart! This pretty-in-pink sorbet sounds absolutely delightful!

Joy said...

What a thoughtful selection, Kelsey! Not only does your beautiful sorbet feature one of Jessica's wedding colors, but it's especially festive with the addition of the champagne. We can all virtually "toast" with your dessert!

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my cookies. It was a pleasure hearing from you :)

Hope you're having a great day!
-Joy
Hot Oven, Warm Heart
http://hotovenwarmheart.wordpress.com

Krystal Regueiro said...

I love sorbet and it's even more special that it's in your grandmother's glass. The women of Jessica's family play a strong role in her life, so it's beautifully done. Plus, I love that you matched the food to the wedding colors. Gorgeous contribution to a wonderful shower.

Tracey Wilhelmsen said...

Your presentation is so lovely Kelsey, and the sorbet sounds amazing! It makes me sad this party is only virtual because I really want to try it :)

spike. said...

The sorbet sounds perfect!

Elaine said...

Your sorbet is beautiful and your presentation is just lovely!

That Girl said...

Aww Happy Wedding to Jessica!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

LOVE this, Kelsey! Even more so because of the super-special glasses that they're in. Totally my style. Thank you so much for coming to the party!

I noticed we're playing each other on the 27th... if you were going to the game, it'd be so fun to meet up, but I have a date with a hot guy that day. ;)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

sounds so refeshing!