Currants roll has always been a favorite in the Caribbean. Yummy is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of this pastry. While we enjoy it as a snack, a quick breakfast on our way to school or work, or as comfort food on that cool Sunday afternoon, we are also treating ourselves to endless health benefits that it provides. It seems like nothing can beat a good old currants roll.
Below, we have a quick and easy currants roll recipe for the pastry dough and for the filling. We also offer a list of the health benefits you can enjoy from consuming currants.
Currants roll ready in 40 minutes
Ingredients for basic pastry dough
1 cup flour, sifted
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons shortening
1⁄4 cup hot water
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg yolk, beaten
Directions for basic pastry dough
Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
Cut in the shortening.
Pour hot water over butter and stir to melt.
Add lemon juice and egg yolk. Mix well.
Stir liquid into dry ingredients and knead.
Chill dough overnight.
Ingredients for filling
1 cup dried black currants, washed and drained
Cinnamon, according to your taste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1⁄4 cup milk
To make currants roll
Preheat oven at 350°F.
Roll out the dough in a large rectangle.
Spread the butter, sprinkle the cinnamon, according to your taste.
Spread and press in the currants on the dough, and sprinkle a little sugar.
Roll the long side of the dough up like you would with cinnamon roll-dough.
Moisten the edge with a little milk, press together to seal.
Place on lightly greased baking sheet or dish.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on a rack and cut.
Currants have many benefits for your health. Here is a brief list of what currants can contribute to a healthy diet.
Currants are high in dietary fiber
A 1-cup serving of dried black currants contains 9.8 grams of dietary fiber. This amount supplies approximately 39 percent of the Food and Nutrition Board’s recommended daily allowance of fiber for healthy adult men and women following a 2,000-calorie diet. Similar to other dried fruits like raisins or figs, dried black currants are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. A high intake of soluble fiber may lower your risk of diabetes and high blood cholesterol, while plenty of insoluble fiber helps regulate bowel movements and may prevent digestive disorders. Fiber-rich foods like dried currants may also decrease your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and hypertension.
Currants are high in copper
Adults over 19 years old need 900 micrograms of copper each day. Dried black currants provide 674 micrograms of copper in every cup, or about 75 percent of an adult’s required daily intake. Copper is used by the body to synthesize collagen and to promote the absorption of iron. It is also necessary for energy metabolism and to inhibit free radical compounds from damaging cellular tissue and DNA. Adequate copper intake may lower your chances of developing osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, thyroid problems and anemia.
Currants are high in manganese
A 1-cup serving of dried black currants has 0.675 milligrams of the mineral manganese. For a man, this amount fulfills nearly 30 percent of his daily manganese requirement. For a woman, a cup of dried black currants supplies 37.5 percent of her manganese RDA. Without enough high-manganese foods in your diet, you may suffer from weakness, infertility or bone problems. Manganese
is crucial for the health of the nervous system and as a factor in the production of hormones, bone tissue, the proteins involved in blood coagulation and the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Being chronically deficient in manganese can increase your risk of diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis.
Currants are high in potassium
As both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium is required for the growth, development and maintenance of bones and to help establish the electrochemical balance that allows muscle contraction and nerve cell impulse transmission to occur properly. Dried black currants contain 1,284 milligrams of potassium in every cup, or 27 percent of the 4,700-milligram RDA of potassium for adults. A diet that regularly incorporates plenty of potassium-rich foods like dried currants may decrease the risk of osteoporosis, kidney disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
January 2018 www.sweettntmagazine.com