Creamy Homemade Orange Curd

by Heather on June 29, 2011

Does the word ‘curd’ freak anyone else out?

I tried my first cheese curds about a year ago.  That was a big step.  Then a few months later I made lemon curd (yes, I know they’re not the same).  Heaven.  So why does the name still scare me?  I guess it’s just what happens when you’re me.  No big deal.


So the other day I was absolutely craving lemon curd and lo an behold had absolutely zero lemons in the house.  It’s how life goes guys, it’s inevitable.  But what I did have was oranges.  Done and done!

I suppose the inspiration came when I was watching Barefoot Contessa (it’s an addiction people…an addiction I don’t want to get rid of) and Ina made a lime curd tart.  Besides the fact that it sounds like heaven in a tart shell, I just felt like grinding the citrus zest and sugar together.  I made my way to the kitchen and, after the great lemon disappearing act, grabbed a couple of oranges and got to work.


(inspired by and based on Ina’s Lime Curd)

  • 2 large naval oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 Tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Using a vegetable peeler peel the orange zest from the oranges.  Process with the sugar until the bits of orange zest are small.  Cream together the butter and orange-sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time, then stream in the orange juice.  It will look curdled (hence the ‘curd’ name).  Empty contents of the bowl into a saucepan over low heat.  Stirring constantly heat the mixture until the butter melts and the entire mixture starts to get creamy.  You’re looking for a pudding-like consistency.  Once the mixture resembles pudding remove from the heat and use in a tart shell or just let it cool in the fridge and use it as a dip for cookies, angel food cake, or pound cake.  Enjoy!

So what to do with these now?  That’s the beauty of it!  Whatever your little curd-loving heart desires.  I have to say though, top some crunchy ginger cookies with it and enjoy – that’s the best use I’ve found!

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