Planting blackcurrants means planning for huge harvests right in the middle of summer. Every July we find ourselves completely overrun with blackcurrants, and we’re always struggling to find creative blackcurrant recipes.
Most often, we preserve the flavorful fruits in blackcurrant jam or syrup for winter pancakes. Last year, we made a blackcurrant mead that was out of this world, and we enjoyed a warmly spiced blackcurrant liqueur around the holidays.
Still, I want to plan ahead and do more this year. July is a hard time to get the creative juices flowing. It’s hot, and there’s so much to do in the garden (and at the lake…). I’m putting all my ideas in one place, and hopefully, it helps you all find a few blackcurrant recipes for your own kitchen.
Black currants are naturally high in pectin, which makes them a great choice for homemade jams and jellies. A basic recipe involves one part currants and an equal amount of sugar with a splash of lemon juice. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 220 degrees f so that the jam has candied a bit thickened enough to stand up.
- Raspberry and Blackcurrant Jam – Fab Food 4 All
- Simple Black Currant Jam – BBC Good Food
- Apple and Blackcurrant Jam – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Easy Blackcurrant Curd – Baking Queen 74
Blackcurrant Breakfast Recipes
Berries and breakfast go hand in hand. While usually, we add blueberries to our oatmeal, blackcurrants add a tart kick and pack a lot of antioxidants for extra nutrition.
- Blackcurrant Jam Baked Oats – The Slimming Foodie
- Blackcurrant Crumble – Effortless Foodie
- Fresh Blackcurrant Muffins – Anula’s Kitchen
- Blackcurrant Scones – Vikalinka
- Blackcurrant and Cream Oatmeal – 15 Spatulas
- Blackcurrant and Chia Overnight Oats – Quite Good Food
Blackcurrant Main Courses
Though they are a fruit, blackcurrants are far more savory than the average berry. With hints of acid and deep red wine notes, they pair well with meats for main courses. Blackcurrants have a bit of wild, untamed flavor that compliments game meats perfectly. They’re especially good with duck, and I’m excited about trying them with Venison this year.
- Pork Medallions with Blackcurrant, Apple and Crispy Sage – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Warm Venison Salad with Blackcurrant Dressing – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Roast grouse with blackcurrant & beetroot sauce – BBC Good Food
- Duck with Cassis and Blackcurrants – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Blackcurrant Compote Glazed Ham – Vikalinka
Blackcurrant Drink Recipes
Blackcurrants naturally have a bit of astringency, paired with a full-bodied flavor, not unlike a good red wine. That works well in homemade drinks of all sorts, be it a hot blackcurrant tea or a summery blackcurrant mojito. Thus far, I’ve made cassis and mead with our blackcurrants, but the idea of muddling them into a cocktail has me hooked for this summer.
- Hot Blackcurrant and Orange Drink – Christina’s Cucina
- Blackcurrant Mojito – Little Sugar Snaps
- Blackcurrant Liqueur (Cassis) – Practical Self Reliance
- Blackcurrant Mead (Honey Wine) – Practical Self Reliance
Quick Blackcurrant Snack Recipes
Summertime is snacking time. It’s hot, and sometimes it’s hard to have the motivation to sit down to a full meal. Blackcurrant snack recipes are a great way to eat seasonally without investing too much time into preparation or sit-down meals when the garden’s calling.
- Blackcurrant, Pear and Apple Popsicles – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Summer Fruit Popsicles with Blackcurrant – Farmersgirl Kitchen
- Blackcurrant and Coconut Post Workout Smoothie – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
- Blackcurrant Gelatin Cubes – Christina’s Cucina
Blackcurrant Dessert Recipes
Though blackcurrants can be a bit astringent, they pair well with sugar to make exceptionally flavorful desserts. Think of the full-bodied flavor of a red wine. I’ve made blackcurrant shortbread bars a number of times, and my mouth waters just thinking about them. This year I’m excited to try a blackcurrant swirl ice cream.
- Blackcurrant Shortbread Bars – Her Cup of Joy
- Blackcurrant Pavlova – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Summer Berry Tart – Vikalinka
- Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Blackcurrant Jam – A Beautiful Plate
- Blackcurrant and Apple Steamed Pudding – Fuss Free Flavors
- Chocolate and Blackcurrant Torte – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Mini Chocolate and Blackcurrant Cakes – Fuss Free Flavors
- Healthy Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese and Blackcurrant Jam – The Worktop
- Lime and Blackcurrant Cheesecake – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Blackcurrant Cupcakes – Fuss Free Flavors
- Blackcurrant Ice Cream – The Blackcurrant Foundation
- Vegan Blackcurrant Ripple Ice Cream – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Other Ways to Use Blackcurrants?
What have I missed? If you have a favorite blackcurrant recipe, please share it in the comments. I’m always looking for new creative ideas to use up this summer bounty.
Christina | Christina's Cucina
Black currants NEED to become popular in the US because they’re just soooo good! Not just in flavor, but one of the most nutritious berries you can eat! LOVE THEM! Thanks for including my recipes!
I’d love to grow my own black currants, but my garden isn’t big enough. Instead I pick them from a local pick your own farm usually as here in England you never see them in the supermarkets. Now I have lots of new recipes to try with them! Thanks very much for including my curd!
Wow, loving all these blackcurrant recipes, never realised quite how versatile they are! Thanks for including my jam:-)
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
I love blackcurrants, So delicious and so intensely flavoured, and as this post show so adaptable!
It is better to grow blackcurrants than buy in market. It is very easy to grow it – Just Plant under apples and pears. In the garden there are always not enough places, so they grow beautifully under fruit trees.
Water blackcurrants often. It has roots close to the surface of the earth, so in hot weather the plants suffer greatly from drought. And some gardeners advise watering it almost every day. This, of course, is overkill. Moreover, the amount of watering depends on the weather.
O.M.G, I think I love you! Having made bucket-loads of ice cream, crumbles, sorbet and ‘Ribena’ I was feeling a bit desperate about what to do with the rest of our crop. Then I found this post. You are an angel 😇 !! Thank you so much for putting this together. I am now definitely going to make gin, cassis and some of the other fab ideas.
Wonderful, so glad I could help!
How long can Creme de Cassis be stored? Is there a point where the shelf life expires? Thank you.
You should be able to store it unopened in a cool, dark place for many years.
Thank yo u. You write that if ”unopened”; should it be refrigerated when opened?
I don’t think that it’s necessary to refrigerate it. You should keep it in a cool location and try to use it within a couple of months.
This is my first year growing black currants. I picked about 2 cups. I’m trying to decide what to make with them. I also have an elderberry bush. Noticing a bird perched on the fence near my bushes, I checked them and the birds preferred the elderberries over the currants. Tulle from the fabric department worked quite well to keep the feathered foragers away. I would still see that bird stopping to check on the foraging situation. My tulle worked wonders and the remainder are mine. I did leave a few for them to glean on the bush as well as those that fell while picking.
We’re looking at a bumper crop this year so this is a wonderful source of ideas, thank you! I’ve found that Mint pairs well with both cherries and with blackcurrants – for jams and canned (bottled) fruit. I live in France and adore tarte au citron, this year I’m going to substitute blackcurrants and see if it works! Once again, thank you for this great article
That sounds lovely. Thanks so much for sharing. Let us know how you like the recipes.