As the summer days begin to draw to an end there is one thing that my foodie self looks forward to - grapes. I am not talking about the globe grapes of the green or red variety, I am talking about table grapes like Concords and Niagras that enter the picture early fall at farmers markets. Something about their rich fruity taste seems like an indulgence, but actually they are packed with healthy nutrients like polyphenols that can prevent free-radical damage. I typically just eat these grapes by the mouthful, but I decided that with my first purchase of the season I would make Concord Grape Cornbread, which turned out to be a delicious decision. The cornbread is infused with lemony goodness thanks to the lemon zest while the grapes hold their shape and practically burst in your mouth.
A Few Things: I opted to make muffins, but this could easily be made into a bread using an 8x8x2 pan.
*Photographs and Styling by Alison
**Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit's Concord Grape Cornmeal