Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How To Make Red Currant Jelly.

Red Currant Jelly,
A great tasting bright red jelly,

I picked my currants,
in the Summer and froze them. 

12 cups red currants.
(I used frozen ones)
6 cups water
6 cups sugar

In a large pot bring currants and 
water to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or
 until currants are softened. 
Use a potato masher to mash up the currants.

Pour into prepared jelly bags and 
let drip overnight... without squeezing.

or use a colander lined with cheesecloth.

Measure liquid. 
You should have around 6 cups.
place in a deep pot and bring to 
a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly.

Add sugar in a steady stream,
(Add equal amount of sugar to 
equal amount of liquid.)
 stirring constantly. 
Return to a full boil, 
stirring constantly to dissolve sugar.
Boil without stirring about 10 minutes
 until it has reached the jelly stage, 220 deg.F.

I insert a wooden spoon through the 
hole in the handle 
of my thermometer and it holds well
over the pot.

Remove from heat and skim of any foam.

Ladle into sterilized jars.

My bush was loaded this year.

So Delicious.
I also have a Black Currant bush,
Next year, I'll try making Jelly with it.

I got the recipe from this lovely
book, bought from Avon,
many years ago.


Thanks for visiting my blog xo

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Plum Torte

 A few simple ingredients, combine
 the sweet tangy juices of these 
plums with a buttery moist cake. 
This recipe fits a 9inch springform pan.

1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
2 large eggs
12 plums, halved and pitted.
(1tbsp cinnamon with sugar 
to sprinkle over the torte.)
1 pinch salt.

Whisk together flour and baking powder.

With an electric beater, beat together
the butter with sugar until fluffy,
add in the 2 eggs, beat until combined.

Mix the flour mixture and the egg mixture together.
Put in a 9" (ungreased) spring-form pan.

The mixture will be thick,
smooth it out with a spoon.

Place the halved plums in a circle on top of the dough.

Mix together about 1 tsp. sugar and cinnamon
 and sprinkle over the top of the torte. 

Bake 350 deg.F. for 45-50 minutes.

Insert a toothpick

in the middle, if it comes out dry,

the cake it done.

Let cool on a rack about 5 minutes,
before removing the sides.

Taste better the next day
when all the juices of the plums have
sunk into the cake.
(But who can wait that long.
 We had a piece right away).

Great served with vanilla ice-cream.

These little Italian Plums are a delight to bake with.
They come ripe at the end of September 
and have a short season. 
Excellent to eat raw and taste even 
better when used in baking.

To view my blog on Plum Tart, click here.

I also make Plum Jam. my favorite Jam.

The difference between a Tart and a Torte: 
a Tart is fruit with a buttery pie crust.
A Torte is fruit with a buttery cake. 
A variation of fruit may be used....

Thanks for your visit xo.