Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
I saw this recipe on 'The People's Cookbook’. It was sent in by a Scottish lady and I believe that the recipe was her late mother’s. It won its dessert heat, and quite deservedly so. It’s a delicious mix of buttery pastry and currants, with a secret ingredient to keep it wonderfully moist. It’s a winner in my house!
- 750 g plain flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 225 g butter or 225 g margarine
- 250 g butter (at room temp)
- 250 g caster sugar
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 550 g currants
- 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
- 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons custard powder, mixed with a little water to form a paste
- For the pastry:.
- Sift the flour and salt together. Rub in the butters. Stir in the sugar, then add the egg, mixing to a soft dough.
- Knead dough until smooth. Cover with cling film and chill for 20-30 minutes.
- For the filling:.
- Put the currants, spice and sugar into a large pan and add enough cold water to JUST cover the fruit.
- Bring to the boil, turn down the heat, and simmer gently for no more than 5 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat. Gradually add the custard paste, stirring until the fruit mixture thickens slightly (it will thicken more when cool).
- Preheat the oven to Gas 3. Grease and line a 30x18cm Swiss roll tin.
- Divide the pastry into half.
- Roll out the pastry and use to line the tin, pressing pastry over the base and the sides. Lightly brush the top edges with water.
- Spoon the fruit mixture into pastry case, spread evenly and pack well.
- Roll out the remaining pastry, slightly larger than the tin. Lay over the filling and pat down.
- Trim away the excess pastry and crimp the edges. Cut 2 slits into the middle of the pie.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Sprinkle the top with caster sugar while pastry is still warm.
- Serve hot or cold.