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All The Blackcurrant Recipes You Will Ever Need

All the blackcurrant recipes you will ever need.

Roundup Posts | 2nd July 2019 | By

Blackcurrants are available for a limited season only. This makes these dark purple fruit, with their fresh, sweet and tart flavour, even more appealing. They have a number of health benefits too. If you’re lucky enough to get hold of any, but are wondering what to do with them, these blackcurrant recipes are here to help you out.

Blackcurrants

July is the season for blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) here in the Northern hemisphere. For me, blackcurrants are redolent of this, my birthday month. I’ve spent many weeks in July picking blackcurrants, either in our allotment, at friends, but mostly in my mother’s garden. She has the most phenomenal blackcurrant bushes that are now well over fifty years old and still producing prolifically.

Britain with its cool and wet climate grows them very well. I say cool and wet, it’s been extremely dry in my part of Britain this year and the garden and allotment are suffering for it. Yes, we have an allotment again. We picked up the keys to our new one just a few days ago. It’s in a dreadful state and will require a lot of work to get it into any kind of order. But, it has some fruit bushes on it, including blackcurrants.

If you don’t grow your own or have family and friends that do, look out for them at farmer’s markets. There are also lots of pick your own sites around the UK. Look for dark plump currants with shiny, unbroken skins.

A plate and bowl brimming with beautiful blackcurrants.

Blackcurrants freeze really well, so if you manage to get hold of more than you need, you can just pop them into the freezer. Place in a sealed bag or container and freeze for up to six months. Unlike many berries, they also store well in the fridge and should be good to go for five or six days after picking.

CT bought a load home from work the other day. As it’s so hot, we’ve mostly been enjoying them as this strawberry rose mint fizz. Only we’ve replaced the strawberries with blackcurrants. I’ve also frozen a load, made smoothies and a blackcurrant fool.

Health Benefits

Blackcurrants have long been known as a health food. They are indeed one of Britain’s top superfoods. They’re chock full of vitamin C after all. Indeed they have four times the amount that oranges have. But in addition, that dark colour denotes an abundance of antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins. It has double the amount that blueberries have. Plus they contain a decent amount of gamma-linolenic acid.

They are said to boost the immune system, improve eye function and promote levels of healthy bacteria in the gut. Amongst many additional health claims, blackcurrants are meant to be beneficial for stiff muscles and joints and can ease flue symptoms. Personally, I think blackcurrants are fabulous. They taste good too.

All The Blackcurrant Recipes You Will Ever Need

All the blackcurrant recipes you will ever need, may be a bit of a tall claim, but bear with me. I shall be adding to this list as and when I come across suitable ideas. Many of the recipes here can easily be adapted to suit what you have to hand and your own needs.

Breakfast

Blackcurrant compote on top of porridge in the middle of winter is pure delight. You have zing and a beautiful vibrant colour to liven the porridge as well as a taste of summer. I usually try to freeze a few for this very purpose. There are more ways to enjoy blackcurrants for breakfast however. They’re great in smoothies. Just replace the blueberries and apple with blackcurrants in this blueberry kefir smoothie. Or follow the recipe below.

Blackcurrant Bircher Muesli

Blackcurrant & coconut bircher muesli. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

Blackcurrant & Coconut Smoothie (vegan) from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Blackcurrant pancakes from All That I’m Eating

Raspberry, blackcurrant & coconut bircher muesli from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Wheatberry currant salad from Running to the Kitchen

Blackcurrant Recipes for Cakes & Cookies

Blackcurrants make a wonderful fresh, tart and flavoursome addition to bakes. Add them to, or even on top of, cakes, muffins, scones or cookies. They also make for delicious and colourful tarts and pies. The fruits are best used whole, but you can easily make a puree of them too by mashing them up and pushing through a sieve.

Chocolate Blackcurrant Buckle aka Blackcurrant Crumble Cake

Chocolate blackcurrant buckle via Tin and Thyme

Blackcurrant brownies from me at Tin and Thyme

Blackcurrant & mint fondant fancies from Phil’s Home Kitchen

Chocolate blackcurrant buckle from me at Tin and Thyme

Chocolate & blackcurrant roulade from me at Tin and Thyme

Oaty blackcurrant flapjacks from Foodie Quine

White chocolate blackcurrant blondies from All That I’m Eating

White chocolate blackcurrant cookies from me at Tin and Thyme

Pudding & Desserts

When it comes to blackcurrant puddings, the first thing that springs to mind is summer pudding. It’s a classic British dessert that both my aunts and my mother used to make. I was never very keen as they made it too tart for my youthful tastes. But I reckon I’d appreciate it much more now. Janice’s late summer pudding recipe below sounds superb with its addition of Framboise.

Deep-filled blackcurrant pies.

Deep-filled blackcurrant pies. Photo courtesy of Little Sugar Snaps.

Blackcurrant fool with fresh mint & rose from me at Tin and Thyme

Blackcurrant & vanilla cream tart from Only Crumbs Remain

Chocolate pancakes with blackcurrant & rose compote from me at Tin and Thyme

Deep-filled blackcurrant pies from Little Sugar Snaps

Late summer pudding from Farmersgirl Kitchen

Frozen Desserts

Blackcurrant season is full on summer when frozen desserts come into their own. Blackcurrants make a deliciously refreshing ice-cream or sorbet to help us cope with the hot, hot weather.

Chocolate Blackcurrant Sundae Royale

Blackcurrant frozen yoghurt from Searching for Spice

Blackcurrant, rose & white chocolate ripple ice cream from me at Tin and Thyme

Chocolate sundae royale from me at Tin and Thyme

Summer pudding ice lollies from Farmersgirl Kitchen

Preserving Blackcurrants

I do love to preserve gluts of food so they can be used when the season is but a memory. Jam is the classic way to preserve them. There’s more than one way to make it as you will see below. I also have a fabulous recipe for chilli blackcurrant jam in the middle of my blackcurrant brownies post. The chilli gives the jam a bit of a lift, but doesn’t blow your head off. But don’t be tied down by just jam. Have you tried making your own cordial or fruit liqueurs? How about blackcurrant curd or even vinegar?

Blackcurrant Curd

Easy blackcurrant curd. Photo courtesy of Baking Queen 74.

Blackcurrant cordial from Recipes Made Easy

Homemade blackcurrant cassis from The Hedge Combers

Blackcurrant gin from Practical Self Reliance

How to make blackcurrant mead from Practical Self Reliance

Bread kvass with blackcurrants from Peter’s Food Adventures

Blackcurrant vinegar from me at Tin and Thyme

Easy Blackcurrant Curd from Baking Queen 74

How to make blackcurrant jam from Farmersgirl Kitchen

Raspberry & blackcurrant jam from Fab Food 4 All

Your Favourite Blackcurrant Recipes

I hope you’ve found something to inspire you with all these beautiful blackcurrant recipes. Let me know if you try any of them. I’m also keen to know what I’ve missed? What are your favourites? Do tell by commenting below.

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20 Comments

  1. Ashley Hetrick

    2nd July 2019 at 3:57 pm

    We have a serious bumper crop this year, thank so much for all these great ideas!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd July 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Fantastic. I would say I’m jealous, except the other day CT came home with more blackcurrants than I quite know what to do with. Looking forward to your blackberry wine.

      Reply
  2. Jane Saunders

    2nd July 2019 at 4:08 pm

    We have a blackcurrant bush doing very well this year, so I will be referring back to this list in a few weeks when they are ready to pick.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd July 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Ooh good luck. Hope you get to them before the birds do.

      Reply
  3. Camilla Hawkins

    2nd July 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Loving all these blackcurrant recipes, thanks for linking to my jam:-)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd July 2019 at 7:38 am

      Your jam sounds delicious Camilla. Sort of summer pudding jam.

      Reply
  4. Janice

    2nd July 2019 at 8:23 pm

    What a fantastic resource. Our blackcurrant bushes didn’t survive the new electric pole that was put in our garden, but I plan to plant more in my raised beds for next year.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd July 2019 at 7:37 am

      Oh no! What a shame Janice. I too hope to be planting some this autumn. Drinking a blackcurrant smoothie as I type.

      Reply
  5. Lucy

    2nd July 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Fabulous roundup thanks for including my curd! I know the black currants are ripening at the local pick your own farm, I will be there very soon and now have lots of recipes to try out.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd July 2019 at 7:39 am

      I aim to add to the recipes over time, so it will be an ever growing resource.

      Reply
  6. Corina Blum

    3rd July 2019 at 10:53 am

    We are hoping to pick more blackcurrants at the weekend as we’re going fruit picking at the farm where we picked the blackcurrants for the frozen yogurt. I think that is the only recipe I’ve ever made with blackcurrants so at least I’ve got lots of new ideas now!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd July 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Yay for blackcurrants. May your picking be bountiful and the recipes you make, delicious.

      Reply
  7. Philip Friend

    3rd July 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Amazing ideas for blackcurrants and a fabulously arranged collection. I can’t wait to dive into more

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th July 2019 at 7:41 am

      Thanks for your contribution Philip. Your fondant fancies are real beauties.

      Reply
  8. All That I'm Eating

    4th July 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Such a great collection of recipes, absolutely everything is covered! The PYO down the road should have their fresh blackcurrants available soon, a perfect excuse to give some of these recipes a try. Thanks for including mine!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th July 2019 at 7:23 pm

      Oh, good to hear you’ve got a PYO close by. Good luck with those blackcurrants.

      Reply
  9. Jill's Mad About Macarons

    15th July 2019 at 4:04 pm

    What a tour-de-force of blackcurrant heaven, Choclette! Thanks for this listing of recipes – they all look great. I miss them here, as we don’t find them much at the French market. Isn’t that weird? I should try and grow them since you’ve got me all inspired to make many of these recipes.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2019 at 4:48 pm

      I guess it’s a bit too hot in France. Blackcurrants like a cool climate. I imagine they grow very well in Scotland. I shall be adding a couple more recipes to the list tomorrow.

      Reply
  10. Nico @ yumsome

    16th July 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I feel like the proverbial dog with four lamp posts (even though I’m not sure there actually is a proverb about a dog with so many choices!). Just look at all that blackcurranty goodness… oh my! Your buckle looks exceptionally delicious – I must make it soon. Yum! xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Nico. Blackcurrants are so underrated. I don’t know why they aren’t easier to get hold of as they last so much longer than most other British berries.

      Reply

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