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Red currants brings back memories of summers in Sweden. Growing up we had these big red currant bushes in our garden. I loved to pick them and eat them right of the bush. Some think they are too tart but I just love them.

Red Currants

Red Currants

Yesterday I went to Union Square Green Market and to my delight I found red currants. My purchase triggered a chat with some ladies who asked me how to eat them and what I do with them. So I thought to here share a recipe with red currants. I’m not much for sweets so these red currant squares balances the tartness of the red currants with just some sweetness.

Red Currant Squares:
300 mL all-purpose flour
100 mL sugar
1 tsp baking powder
100 gram butter
1 large egg

250 mL / about 1 cup fresh red currants

Topping:
100 mL rolled oats
50 mL all-purpose flour
100 mL sugar
50 gram melted butter

  • Mix flour, sugar and baking powder. With your hands work in the butter and then add the egg. Mix to make a soft dough that you can form into a ball.
  • Using your hands press out the dough onto a baking pan covered with oven/baking paper
  • Remove red currants from stems and pour them over the dough
Red Currant Squares

Red Currant Squares

  • In a separate bowl mix together oats, flour and sugar. Add in melted butter to get a lumpy mixture. Sprinkle the lumps over the red currants.
Red currant squares

Red currant squares

  • Bake cake in 200 degrees C (400F) for 20 minutes.
  • Let the cake rest for 5 minutes and cut into squares.
Baked red currant squares

Baked red currant squares

  • Eat as they are or serve with vanilla ice cream.
  • If you have leftovers you can freeze the squares.

Now I will enjoy them with what we in Sweden call a fika, basically coffee break with something sweet.

Fika with red currant square

Fika with red currant square

Remember life is too short to not eat and drink well!
Enjoy!