Monday, July 20, 2009

Currants and Raspberries

After making one jar of currant jelly on Tuesday I decided I wanted to make more. So we returned to Cherry Hill Farm and picked seven and a half pounds of currants last Thursday. Currants are fairly easy to pick. You just lift up the branch, and strands of currants hand down. You lift the whole strand off the branch.
I used the recipe from Joy of Cooking's: All About Canning. Basically you wash the currants, but don't have to remove them from the stem. You put them in a pan stems and all, crush some of them to release the juice, and bring to them to a boil. Then simmer the currants for about 10 minutes until all the berries have burst. Strain the juice through a jelly bag. For every cup of juice, add 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil in a large pan and cook until the jelling point. Pack into jars that have been sterilized in boiling water for 10 minutes. Then process the jelly for 5 minutes. My yield was (7) 1/2 pint jars of jelly.
The owner also gave us some of these champagne currants. I cooked them separately and then mixed in some of the red currant juice so that I had enough to make one 1/4 pint jar of jelly. We'll have to wait and see if it tastes any different, but it is a lighter color.While we were at Cherry Hill Farm we couldn't resist picking some raspberries as well. We picked about two quarts.
Matt had made a great apple tart before from Joy of Baking.com. So I headed there and found a Raspberry Cream Cheese Tart Recipe. We added in a few currants too, and it looks like they burst in the cream cheese during the cooking. It's a very good tart and we're still enjoying it for breakfasts.

6 comments:

Marcia said...

I remember your currant jelly was delicious last year. Any chance of getting a jar earlier than Christmas?

Dan said...

The cheese cake looks great, I will have to give it a try.

onmywayhome said...

Dessert looks yummy. Sarah mentioned you'd had too many desserts last week with all the berries and that they were banned this week. :o)

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henbogle said...

That tart looks amazing. I had lost track of your blog, just rediscovered it over lunch, and must say I'm glad I did.
It looks like you had a good gardening year. Did you get any of the Late Blight on your tomatoes?

Ali

Emily said...

Ali,

I didn't have late blight, but had early blight (leaf spot) all summer long. The lower foliage took hit but the plants kept growing with the exception of my burpee romas which went kaput. The heirlooms were hardier.

Glad you enjoy the blog, I enjoy reading yours.