Black Currant Short Bread Bars

Black Currant shortbread

Black Currant Short Bread Bars

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Shortbread bars bursting with the sweet-tart taste of black currants!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword Black Currant
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 pieces

Equipment Needed

  • 13 x 9 baking pan


Ingredients for the crust and streusel topping

  • 1 ¼ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled to just warm
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp. table salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups plus 3 tbs. flour

Ingredients for the black currant topping:

  • cups fresh or frozen black currants
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Substitute Black Currant Topping

  • 1 jar Plaid Shirt Farms Black Currant Jam


  • Line the bottom and sides of a 13×9 metal baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar, salt, and egg yolks with a spoon until smooth. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.
    1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¾ tsp. table salt, 2 large egg yolks, 3 cups plus 3 tbs. flour
  • Remove 2 cups of the crust mixture and press into the lined pan. Set the unused portion of the crust aside.
  • Place the pan in the freezer while the oven preheats to 325 degrees F.
  • While the oven is preheating and the crust is chilling start on the black currant topping. Combine blackcurrants,sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering for 8 minutes.
    2½ cups fresh or frozen black currants, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup water
  • Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool while the crust bakes.
  • Once the oven is preheated, remove the crust from the freezer and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the sides are lightly browned. Then remove from the oven, and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees
  • Spread the black currant mix (or Plaid Shirt Farms Black Currant Jam) on top, and sprinkle the left over crust mixture on top. Place the bars near the top of the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the streusel is lightly browned.
    1 jar Plaid Shirt Farms Black Currant Jam


Allow the bottom of the pan to cool completely before taking the bars out of the pan.  Then cut into 24 even bars. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up
to a week.
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