Once the end of August/ Start of September comes in our house our greenhouse is laden with the most wonderful grapes. Mum and i have been rattling our brains as to what were going to do with the grapes this year, she usually makes wine but is giving that a break this year. So, I decided to rob a few to try something out. You know the delicious apple syrup on the market from Llwelyn or Highbank orchard syrup, Well I am going to try out a grape version of that. No sugar needed, just the grapes, juiced and reduced down to make some purple syrup goodness. Do you know what's the best thing, there's only one ingredient!
My plan is to use this on pancakes, porridge or anything I can really. It would be great as part of a vinaigrette either. oh yum! So i started by picking the grapes off the stem and juiced them. I used my macerating juicer to get all the goodness out of them and then strained this into a large saucepan to make sure there was no flesh or skin in the juice. Make sure to use a large saucepan so the liquid has space to boil up without overflowing, which wouldn't be ideal! You could use grape juice instead of the fresh grapes if you don't have a juicer, in this case try find a good quality organic grape juice. Biona do a nice one.
Make sure to skim off any scum once the juice comes to the boil, this will taint the colour. I then let it boil so that it reduced to a syrup, it needs to be quite vigorous so that you aren't waiting for hours for it to reduce, I may be a little impatient! look this stuff is so good you'll be the same, trust me!
Juice the grapes, discarding and pips, skin and flesh. Strain into a large saucepan using a fine mesh sieve. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 30minutes or until reduced to a syrup consistency. Drizzle over warm porridge or on my buckwheat pancakes.
I'd love to hear how you got on with this. let me know in the comment section.