Valencia Orange Curd


It’s time for the Secret Recipe Club! This month I was assigned to the wonderful blog Cupcake Muffin.  She had a ton of recipes to chose from but finally (after weeks of deliberation) settled on trying her tangerine curd.  If you haven’t noticed before….I have a thing for citrus curds. I didn’t have any tangerines on hand but I did have a big bag of Valencia oranges.  I decided they would do the trick.

Since I have been on vacation this week (I’m hoping someone noticed I was MIA) I made this delicious dish in my dad’s kitchen.  It’s always odd cooking in another persons kitchen.  Most of the time I don’t like it. Things are not where I think they should be and my favorite kitchen items are, of course, not present. Luckily for me everything turned out perfectly.  The recipe was super easy and I see it being almost interchangeable for any citrus you would want to use. The curd turned out creamy and packed full of orange flavor. I also think it would be awesome with the addition of ginger….yum! I poured some of this curd over vanilla ice cream and it was an instant creamsicle.



Valencia Orange Curd

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 - 25 minutes


1/2 cup freshly squeezed Valencia orange juice
Zest of two Valencia oranges
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 jumbo egg
1 jumbo egg yolk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter - cut into chunks and softened
Pinch of salt

Adapted from Cupcake Muffin


Add freshly squeezed juice to a small saucepan placed over medium heat. Simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup. Take off heat and pour into bowl. Add zest and lemon juice to orange juice and set aside to cool.

In another small saucepan whisk together your egg, egg yolk and sugar. Once incorporated whisk in your cooled juice mixture and place over medium low heat. Whisk constantly until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistent. About 6-8 minutes.

Strain the mixture into a clean bowl and stir in cubed butter and salt until smooth.

Cover the curd with plastic wrap touching the surface and chill until ready to use. Up to one week.

29 Responses to “Valencia Orange Curd”

  1. #
    Erica — August 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Awesome selection! It is odd to cook in someone elses kitchen. I def missed your posts!

  2. #
    Winnie — August 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Looks very yummy Brandy…hope you are having fun on you vacation!

  3. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Sounds like you are enjoying your vacation! Your lucky dad gets to enjoy your great cooking!

  4. #
    Kelly — August 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Wow this looks delicious, gorgeous pictures! What a great recipe for SRC! 🙂

  5. #
    Lisa~~ — August 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I’ve only ever made lemon curd but now I want to try this one too.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. #
    sara — August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hi there,
    Yay, I’m so glad you liked the recipe!! I’m totally a sucker for citrus curd too. 🙂

  7. #
    Lyndsey — August 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Hey, were you gone? Heheh…just kidding, it’s nice to see you back. this valencia curd is awesome, love it!

  8. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love lemon curd and am scratching my head as to why I’ve never thought of making it with oranges! Would love some right now with a shortbread cookie. Please?

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    hungryandfrozen — August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I love curd recipes, ginger in this sounds delicious.
    I can never find what I’m looking for in other people’s kitchens – the draws/cupboards I instinctively head towards are never the right ones!

  10. #
    Shelby — August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Love lemon curd….never had orange but am sure I would like it too! You totally sold me when you said you put it on ice cream! How yum!

  11. #
    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — August 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This looks delicious! Can you believe I’ve never made a citrus curd?? And I LOVE them. Bookmarked this in an effort to change that.

  12. #
    Peggy — August 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    i have to agree with you – it’s always weird cooking in someone else’s kitchen! Especially when they have an electric stove (I’m a gas stove snob lol).

    This curd sounds delicious, and your idea of topping some vanilla ice cream with it sounds like an instant classic =)

  13. #
    Vanderbilt Wife — August 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Mmmm … I had no idea making curd required so few ingredients. Will have to try it soon. I adore orange everything! Wouldn’t this be great on some pound cake?

  14. #
    Judee — August 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve never had orange curd. Looks really good and what could be bad with vanilla ice cream.

  15. #
    Tami — August 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Love the creamsicle idea. You’ve made making citrus curd really easy.

  16. #
    Joanne — August 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I fell head over heels for citrus curds this year but haven’t done an orange one yet! This looks excellent!

  17. #
    Trisha — August 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I love a good lemon curd, but I’ve never thought of using other citrus fruits. I can’t wait to try this when oranges come around next!

  18. #
    Tessa — August 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I can almost taste it over ice cream – just like orange julius!

  19. #
    Megan'sCookin' — August 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I’ve never made a curd but really must try it sometime. Orange curd sounds wonderful instead of the usual lemon.

  20. #
    Rhonda — August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve finally conquered lemon curd…now I know what I’m going to try next. Love the ice cream/orange curd combo, who doesn’t love a creamsicle?

  21. #
    Veronica — August 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Ooooh, yummy! Don’t take it personally, but I rarely notice when people are MIA b/c I follow many blogs and the ones that do post keep me too distracted to notice the ones that don’t. It takes about a month of no posting for me to start to notice! I hope you had fun with your Dad. With this orange curd, I know your time there was at least delicious!

  22. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Yum! Looks great!
    PS: I’m sad that we aren’t in the same group for SRC 🙁

  23. #
    Barefeet In The Kitchen — August 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve never tried orange curd. I adore lemon curd though, so I bet this would be delicious too. I can hardly wait for my group’s reveal next week!

  24. #
    sarah, simply cooked — August 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

    You are right, it does sound very easy to make. Do you think it would taste ok with less sugar?

  25. #
    patsy — August 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I love that this goes well over ice cream (my latest fascination is homemade)… instant creamsicle? I’m all over that! Yum!

  26. #
    Lisa — August 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I was just telling another SRC’er about how great orange curd is. I think I actually prefer it to lemon. Have you ever tried passion fruit or mango curd? Good stuff! Great SRC choice, it looks perfect!

  27. #
    grace — August 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

    you had my undying devotion upon the mere mention of instant creamsicle. 🙂

  28. #
    5 Star Foodie — August 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    This curd with Valencia oranges sounds amazing, yum!

  29. #
    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy — August 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve never tried making a citrus curd before, but I’ve wanted to for a long time. Going to have to bookmark this recipe; it looks so easy!

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