Currant and Port Jelly

Currant and Port Jelly

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This is a delicious way to use up a glut of red or blackcurrants, and has a richer flavour and deeper colour than usual. The port goes in at the last moment, so none of its flavour is lost through boiling. The yield will depend on the ripeness of the fruit and the time allowed for dripping.
Servings: 4
Calories: 218


  • 3 lb red or blackcurrants
  • sugar
  • 3 tbsp port


  • There is no need to remove the currants from their stalks. Put the currants in a preserving pan with 568 ml (1 pint) water and simmer gently for about 30 minutes, until the fruit is really soft and pulpy. Stir from time to time to prevent sticking.
  • Spoon the fruit pulp into a jelly bag or cloth attached to the legs of an upturned stool, and leave to strain into a large bowl for at least 12 hours. Do not squeeze.
  • Discard the pulp remaining in the jelly bag. Measure the extract and return it to the pan with 450 g (1 lb) sugar for each 568 ml (1 pint) extract.
  • Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly for about 15 minutes. Test for a set and, when setting point is reached, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Stir in the port, skim the surface with a slotted spoon and pot and cover the jelly.
Calories: 218 kcal
Carbohydrates: 53 g
Protein: 5 g
Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 7 mg
Potassium: 1095 mg
Vitamin A: 782 IU
Vitamin C: 616 mg
Calcium: 187 mg
Iron: 5 mg
Dishes Desserts
Cuisine British
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