Craving a delicious springtime treat? Look no further than Rona Sheridan’s homemade currant whirls!
This mouthwatering recipe was generously shared by one of our readers, who knows a thing or two about creating delectable pastries. Made with a twist of light pastry and a generous serving of currants, these whirls are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack.
One thing Rona misses since moving to France is the traditional mince pie at Christmas – yes, they sell mass-produced ones and mincemeat jars at a few supermarkets there, but she also feels homemade is always best.
So this Christmas just gone, Rona purchased all the ingredients, and they went down a treat with both visiting family and neighbours. However, she had lots of the ingredients left over, so this simple recipe has a hint of the Christmas spirit which is always a good thing with a twist of light pastry.
Puff pastry – shop-bought pastry is great but if you have the time have a go!
- 100 g Plain flour
- 100 g butter – very cold
- 50 ml cold water
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
FILLING (prep the day before)
- Approx 100g of any mixed dried fruits I used currants, sultanas, cranberries, apricots and mixed-peel – all chopped up small
- 20 ml of Cognac/Armagnac or any good quality similar spirit
- Good squeeze of lemon
Filling (prepped a day earlier)
- In a bowl, mix dried fruits well with 20ml of Cognac/Armagnac (or any good quality similar spirit)
- Good squeeze of lemon
- Cover and leave overnight to soak
- I used a food processor, using the same method as any pastry but adding butter slowly in stages, it’s important not to over-process.
- Add the salt and enough cold water to form a dough. Bits of butter should be visible in the dough.
- Transfer onto a well-floured surface and roll out fully then carefully fold over one half and fold twice again the same – this is what gives you the layers. Cover in cling film and place in the fridge for a couple of hours before using.
- Roll out your pastry into a rectangle, and spread the mix evenly over the pastry. Then roll it up into a long sausage-like shape and cut it into 3cm slices, laying them on their side on a floured baking tray, keeping them well apart. I brushed mine with milk to get a nice golden colour and sprinkled brown sugar for extra sweetness.
- Bake in oven for 25mins at 180°c (350°F)
- Serve with your favourite hot drink