I had the same experience with concords (well, actually not concords. Here in Canada we have mostly a similar grape called the “coronation” grape). It’s a funny experience to bite into a fruit and think “hey, this tastes just like the candy!” I recently made a grape cake that was another great use of concord-type grapes. I’m posting about it soon.
This tart is gorgeous, and so are your photos. We have such similar tastes I’m having a hard time not going through and commenting on every single one of your posts!
The tart turned out wonderfully! I’m glad that I bought several containers of the grapes, because my boys (and not just the ones under four…) ate an entire container the first day! I love this! I think that I’m going to try the cranberry loaf next. I too love fresh cranberries and I have a wonderful cranberry “sauce” that I make every year. It has walnuts, apples, and orange zest (and juice) in it…. mmmmm.
I know this is a very old post but I just happened to make this tart yesterday (hope you´ll still get the comments). Concord grapes are very common here in Colombia, we call them “uva isabelina”. I use them often as a substitute for cranberries wich are scarce and expensive (they worked perfectly on your cranberry and orange bread). Anyways, I served this tart as you suggested, with a nice selection of cheeses. I also made the green bean salad with fried almonds from the smitten kitchen and a marvelous carmenere for a light meal with friends. It was a tasty, simple dinner and boy, the tart disappeared in 2 seconds!!
I’ve been following your blog for a few months, and decided to start at the beginning and read through. I am so happy to see someone else had the trippy experience of discovering that grape flavor actually came from a real grape!!! Crazy. I hope I have the chance to make this sometime.