I still had some of my redcurrant glut to use after making my redcurrant jelly. Last year I made Bramley Apple Curd so I decided that this year I would have a go at making a redcurrant version.
This is another easy preserve to make although it only keeps for about 4 weeks so you can’t make too much of it in one go. As with redcurrant jelly, you start off with making the redcurrant juice. Whilst you should give your fruit a quick wash you don’t need to take them off the stalks. Take 200g of fruit and add 80g of water. Bring the water and fruit to a simmer and leave until the fruit is soft and has released all its juices. This will take about 30mins. The fruit is strained to get all those lovely juices, but unlike jelly you can squish this through a sieve if you want.
You want 200g of the juice. Put it in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Add 125g of unsalted butter and 450g of granulated sugar. Keep stirring until the butter has melted and the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour into a clean pan. Make sure the mixture isn’t too hot – you don’t want to cook the egg as soon as it hits the pan so it shouldn’t be any hotter than 55C.
Take 200g of beaten egg and pass through a sieve into the redcurrant mixture. Keep stirring over a medium heat until the mixture thickens into a rose coloured custard. It should be about 84C. Pour into warm sterilised jars.
I love this preserve – it’s such a beautiful dusky pink colour that beats any shop bought curd. It’s delicious in cakes or just spread on toast or indeed any use you have for lemon curd. As I made extra redcurrant juice I’ve decided to have a go at making redcurrant shrub – a traditional fruit liquor. It’s currently fermenting in the kitchen cupboard so I will report back later on how that one has turned out.