'currants' on Serious Eats

Cookie Monster: Madeira Biscuits

Madeira biscuits are incredibly simple. They're essentially a flat butter cookie sprinkled with raisins, though I like to make mine with a combination of raisins and Zante currants. This is an aesthetic choice as well as a culinary one: I think the currants make the cookies resemble spotted dick, another very British dessert, and they add a tang that cuts across the richness of the butter. More

Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios

I haven't exactly been clamoring to get wheat berries in my life, but it was still cool to finally make their acquaintance. This recipe from Chow features the grain in a summery little salad with currants, pistachios, and some spicy harissa. The wheat berries are simply cooked until tender in simmering water, which should take less than an hour. They come out kind of tasting like couscous, meaning they still have a little bite to them. More

Dinner Tonight: St. Joseph's Sawdust with Pasta

I know sawdust doesn't sound the least bit appetizing, but don't worry—this only looks like wood shavings. It's actually a highly flavored recipe with bread crumbs from John Besh's My New Orleans, and I couldn't wait to try it with pasta. The crumbs easily soak up whatever tossed on them—which in this recipe included pine nuts, parmesan, dried currents, cinnamon, crushed red pepper flakes, and oregano—making for a cheap and tasty meal. More

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