The Ontario Table

For Lynn, food, wine and travel are a delicious way to communicate that personal ‘sense of place’ that exists in each destination.

Concord Pudding

This homemade pudding gets its intense purple hue from coronation grapes. The grapes are at the peak of local bounty right now and bursting with fresh, juicy flavour. Serve this colourful dish with any festive fall menu and delight your guests. Can’t find coronation grapes? Substitute with any concord variety.


2 cups (500 mL) Sovereign Coronation grapes
1 cup (250 mL) sugar
5 farm-fresh egg yolks
2 cups (500 mL) milk
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract


Wash grapes, pat them dry, and remove the grapes from the stems. Squeeze the pulp from the grapes into a medium saucepan. Reserve the skins. Cook grape pulp until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the skins and half of the sugar (½ cup or 125 mL); cook until skins are tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool, add 1 ½ cups (375 mL) of milk and purèe in a blender. Pour grape/milk mixture into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around the edges.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, remaining ½ cup of sugar, and remaining ½ cup of cold milk for 3 minutes, or until it becomes lemony yellow in colour and sugar dissolves. Remove grape/milk mixture from heat and slowly drizzle a bit of it into the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Continue to add more, whisking continuously and in small amounts until all is used up. Place the saucepan back on the stove and pour the grape custard into the saucepan. With a wooden spoon, stir over medium-low heat until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon, approximately 6 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into 4 small dessert glasses or 8 small liqueur glasses and cool in the refrigerator until needed. Serves 4.


Recipe courtesy of the Ontario Table’s ezine, $10 Challenge: A Year of Eating Local, September edition, by Lynn Ogryzlo. Find more great recipes, featuring the best local food from across the province, in the Ontario Table—available on the Green Living Marketplace.