I don’t have an explanation why we’ve never made dumplings with red and black currants at home. My Mom used to add currents to the sauce, but never fill dumplings with them. It’s funny that I am tasting this well known version of Ukrainian varenyki only now, so far from home, in Texas, where currants are exotic! I asked myself why dumplings with tart cherries and currants are so popular in Eastern European countries. I think, the key is the intensity of sweet and sour flavors rounded with soft dough and a little bit of cream or butter. Many other fruit and berries change its flavor when cooked, but tart cherries and currants keep it well and tease our taste buds with every bite!
I suppose, there are not so many people in ATX who know what black, red, or white currants are. I am sure there are even less people who crave for these berries so much they are ready to pay $5-6 for 6oz (170g). That’s why, I guess, Central Market gets just enough fresh currants to satisfy crazies like me during the season. Currants appear for a few days. And gone. Obviously, I can’t just eat them. I have to make something special with them. Last year, it was Air Chrysalis: Bubbles Bubbles. This year I made “Red and Black Passion” tart with the same idea for textures — creamy and silky background for popping with bright flavor red and black bubbles. No tricks! All effects are purely natural.