Redcurrant Cake (Ribiselkuchen)

3 July 2014

Taken from Jane Grigson’s FRUIT BOOK, © Jane Grigson 1982 Michael Joseph/Penguin as well as THE BEST OF JANE GRIGSON © Sophie Grigson 1992, Michael Joseph

Prep. Time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

Makes: 1 x 23 cm (9 inch) cake


Butter                                     160 g

Sugar                                      375 g

Egg yolks                                  4

Ground almonds                             100 g

Flour                                      300 g

Redcurrants, free of stalks                500 g

Egg whites                                 4


1. Cream the butter and on third of the sugar, add the yolks, almonds and flour. Or else mix to a dough in the processor.

2. Roll out into a circle to fit a 23 cm (9 inch) tart tin, preferably one with a removable base.

3. Bake at 190-200 °C for 30 minutes until cook.

4. Meanwhile mix the redcurrants with half of the remaining sugar.

5. Whip the egg whites until stiff, add half of the remaining sugar and whip once more until thick and soft. Finally fold in the rest of the sugar.

6. Take the almond base from the oven and raise the heat to 220 °C. Spread the redcurrants and sugar over the pastry, leaving a narrow rim of cake free.

7. Pile on the meringue, right to the edge of the cake. Fork it up and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the meringue is nicely caught with brown. Be guided entirely by appearance, rather than precise timing. Serve warm or cold.


5 thoughts on “Redcurrant Cake (Ribiselkuchen)

  1. Pingback: Redcurrant Cake (Ribiselkuchen) | An Edible Landscape

  2. Thank you for this. I was separated from my Jane Grigson Fruit Book and faced with a glut of red currants from my daughter’s garden. So it was great that you have put the recipe on line.


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