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Redcurrant Jelly

Ingredients :
For each quart of berries:
Pared rind of 1/2 lemon
2 x Cloves

Method :
Pick any stalks and leaves from the berries, wash them and put into a pan and barely cover with water. Add lemon and cloves. Simmer the fruit to a pulp. Put the pulp into a muslin cloth, over a large bowl and let the liquid to drip into the pan.

Measure the juice produced and add 2 1/4 cups of sugar for every 2 1/2 cups of redcurrant juice. Boil until the setting point is reached, then pour into small pots and seal.


Blackcurrant and Redcurrant Tarts

Servings 6 Cakes

Ingredients :
Shortcrust pastry made with wholewheat flour
8 oz Black currants
8 oz redcurrants
4 oz Honey
4 tbl Chopped sweet cicely
Glace cherries or angelica, optional

Method :
Heat oven to 400F. Use the pastry to line 6 tart tins 2-inches deep by 2 inches diameter. Mix the currants with the honey & cicely. Fill the pastry with the currants. Cover each tart individually with foil & place on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Let them cool completely.

If you wish, whip up some cream & pipe it onto the tarts. Decorate with glace cherries or angelica.


Citrus Cake

Ingredients :
3 cup Fresh redcurrants
2 x Oranges, zest of
4 tbl Unsalted butter (soft)
1 cup Sugar
0.25 cup Vegetable oil
2 lrg Eggs
1 tbl Baking powder
3 cup Cake flour
1 cup Milk

Method :
Pull the currants gently off their stems. Rinse them and set aside. Finely chop the zest. Set aside. Butter the sides and bottom of a 10-inch cake pan; line the bottom with a circle of parchment or wax paper. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Using an electric mixer (paddle attachment if you have one), cream the butter and sugar until light. Mix in the oil. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the baking powder and 1 cup of flour. When well combined, add half the milk, another cup of flour, the rest of the milk, and the rest of the flour, mixing well after each addition. Stop to scrape the bowl as necessary. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the currants and orange zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown and firm on top, about 50 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature. Serve with lightly whipped unsweetened cream.

Recipe is from The American Baker by Jim Dodge with Elaine Ratner

Redcurrant Jelly Sauce

Ingredients :
1 cup Heavy cream
0.25 cup Tart redcurrant jelly

Method :
Whip cream until stiff. With a fork, stir the jelly until it is broken up into small pieces. Fold into the cream. 


Redcurrant & Rhubarb Sauce with Port Wine

Ingredients :
2 cup Rhubarb, peeled & diced 1/4"
(about 1 lb)
1.25 cup redcurrant jelly
1 tbl Arrowroot
1 tbl Port wine

Method :
Thoroughly wash about 1 pound of fresh rhubarb and peel the fibrous outer layer off with a knife. Cut the stalks into small pieces, about 1/4 inch dice. Combine the rhubarb with the redcurrant jelly and cook over medium heat until reduced by about 1/3. Strain the rhubarb out of the sauce. You should have about 1 cup of liquid. If you have more, reduce over medium heat until the desired 1 cup is reached. Save the cooked rhubarb and chill it overnight. This can be served just like you would applesauce with a pork chop. Combine the port wine and arrowroot and stir out any lumps. Add the port mixture to the boiling rhubarb sauce and stir vigorously for 1 minute. Simmer for 2 minutes. Serve this sauce with grilled venison steaks or pheasant breasts