These tiny bites are utterly delicious, they taste intensely of blackcurrant, so we cut them into little squares to savour slowly. A pretty box of these would make a lovely gift or to sell at a Christmas fair.

Ingredients

These tiny bites are utterly delicious, they taste intensely of blackcurrant, so we cut them into little squares to savour slowly. A pretty box of these would make a lovely gift or to sell at a Christmas fair.

  • 1 kg (2 1/4lb) blackcurrants (fresh or frozen)
  • 500g (18oz) granulated sugar
  • 125g (4 1/2oz) glucose syrup
  • 50ml (2fl oz) liquid pectin
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) granulated sugar for dusting
  • 1x 20.5cm (8inch) square tin lined with parchment paper

Method

Makes 256 x 4cm (1½ inch) square

  1. Put the blackcurrants into a large stainless steel saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Cook gently until the fruit has burst and the juice is running well out of the fruit.
  3. Pass the fruit through a nylon sieve, make sure all of the juice is pushed through and the remaining pulp is dry. Discard the pulp.
  4. Put the juice back into the saucepan, add the sugar, glucose and liquid pectin.
  5. Heat gently until the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat and boil, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. It will read 110°C (225°F) on a sugar thermometer.
  6. Pour into the prepared tin. Allow to set for a few hours. Cut into squares and toss in granulated sugar. Allow to dry, then pack into pretty boxes.

A Simply Delicious Christmas with Darina Allen and Rory O'Connell is on RTÉ Player now. Recipe taken from ‘A Simply Delicious Christmas’ published by Gill Books.