Strawberries and Currants in Wine

Try this traditional French preparation to enhance a less-than-stellar wine. Serve 
as a nice dessert to finish an outdoor summer meal.
By / Photography By Tara Swartzendruber-Landis | June 06, 2016


Place the currants in a bowl and squeeze them until they begin to burst. Add the strawberries and brown sugar and stir. Allow this mixture to sit for 30–35 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid, and set aside the berries and currants in the fridge. Add the wine and allspice to the sugar juice. Place this mixture in a small pan over medium heat. Boil for 10–12 minutes until the syrup is reduced to about 1 cup. Chill the syrup and the berries separately. Place the cream and powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl. Beat until soft peaks form when you pull the beaters out of the bowl.
Divide the currant and strawberry mixture into individual bowls. Pour 
the syrup over the berries and place 
a spoonful of whipped cream over 
each serving.
Serves 4–6

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  • 1 pint fresh red currants, stems removed
  • 1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • ¾ cup whole cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
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