Selma Lagerlöf’s Redcurrant Pockets

Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf

Author
1834 – 1867

In 1858, the popular Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf was born. She was the first woman ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And, as if that was not enough, she was also the first woman to be granted membership in The Swedish Academy.

During her career, Selma released several well known titles that would top the charts all over the world. Even today, many of Selma’s books are dearly loved and read all over the world. But it was not only her work as an author that made her special. In addition to her passion for writing, she was also one of the most prominent women’s rights fighters in the early 20th century. She was a strong proponent for women’s right to vote – and in the fight for a more equal society, she spoke at the International Voice Congress in 1911 among other places.

Selma grew up in the county of Värmland at a farm called Mårbacka. The farm was very dear to Selma and even though she left Mårbacka at the age of 20 to pursue her career, she eventually moved back. At Mårbacka she had a big garden with many fruits and berries, among these red currants was one of her favourites. Especially when used in the small pastries which she called “Red Currant Pockets”.

Photo credit: A. Blomberg, Stockholm, Mårbackastiftelsen

Selma Lagerlöf’s Redcurrant Pockets
Clarifying notes by Ankarsrum are marked in red

Ingredients

Portions: –
Metric
US

Shortcrust pastry

1 cup room temperatured butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups wheat flour

Filling

1 1/3 cup red currants

Coconut buttter

3 1/2 tbsp melted butter or margarine
7 oz coconut flakes
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 175 C (350 F).

Step 2

Mix all of the ingredients for the shortcrust pastry in a bowl. Thumb the pastry into 25 buttered baking cups.

Step 3

Mix all the ingredients for the coconut batter.

Step 4

Fill the crusts with red currants, then add the coconut batter on top. Place in the oven and bake for about 15–20 minutes. They’re done when they’ve turned a golden brown. Let them cool for a while and then gently take them out of their cups.

Make it easier with Ankarsrum Assistent Original

The shortcrust pastry can be effortlessly made in your Ankarsrum Assistent Original using the whisking bowl and cookie whisks. Add the dry ingredients and add butter brought to room temperature. Let your Assistent work up a lean dough.

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