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.

36 Responses to “Cranberry Orange No Bake Creme Fraiche Cheesecake”

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    1 — November 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I love no bake recipes. Especially this time of year when everything gets so hectic and busy. These are so adorable and they look delicious!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

    You are going to have so much fun in Grenada.

    These are seriously some cute mini cheesecakes.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — November 19, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I’ll take a dozen of these please! 🙂 They look amazing!

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    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — November 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    And.. the beauty just keeps on coming. You are a real artist, beautiful delicious food and gorgeous photos! Love this blog!!

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    Christie Daruwalla — November 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love creme fraiche in a cheesecake. My favorite way to use it is in an appetizer with smoked salmon. Tastes so much better with creme fraiche rather than sour cream.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

    So totally stellar!! I’m in holiday heart with these Brandy!

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    Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box — November 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I have never had creme fraiche, but this looks incredible! And Ugh, if it’s not going to snow, why bother being cold!

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    Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen — November 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Brandy these are TOO CUTE! I love the photos you did a fabulous job! And honestly, anything that requires no baking is moving to the top of my list!

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    Meg @ BeardandBonnet — November 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    When the pictures rolled up for these little cheesecakes I said “Oh Yeah!!!” really loud. To which my daughter asked, ” Why are you talking to yourself?” Haha! These little beauties look totally addictive. Pinned! Have fun in Grenada!!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — November 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Those look amazing. You had me at no bake!

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    Cookin Canuck — November 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I’m going to be living vicariously through you and your trip to Grenada. Have an awesome time! These little cheesecakes are so pretty…perfect for the holidays.

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    Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog — November 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Oh la la – – these look lovely!! And so festive — enjoy your trip!!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    These look amazing! Have a great time in Grenada!

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    Bea — November 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I am super impressed that you did not turn the heat on until mid November – in NY!!! It is confession time because we turned on our heat the end of October; in Portland, Oregon but here is the excuse we are just not used to cold weather. Yup that is right. It sounds to me like you have the perfect plan to to beat the cold by escaping to Grenada. Have fun!

    Oh, and creme fraiche…it is just so good and these little beauties look fantastic.

  15. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — November 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Super pretty and they sound so creamy with creme fraiche!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I hope you have a great vacation! Bring back some sunshine and warmth to NY with you when you come back 🙂 We need it! Love the cheesecakes!

  17. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — November 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    This is such an elegant no-bake dessert!

  18. #
    rebecca — November 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    this looks wonderful and so festive

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    Ginny McMeans — November 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I am so happy for you to get to go to Grenada. I will definitely be checking in on Instagram. I love your topping here and think it can be used on multiple desserts. Thanks!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — November 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Oh my goodness, I have been dreaming about these since I saw the photo on Instagram yesterday. So delicious and perfect for the season!

  21. #
    Heather | girlichef — November 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

    These are so pretty, and talk about portion control (something I can never get a handle on this time of year. Okay, rarely any tiime of the year.)! I think my favorite theme to use creme fraiche for is folding with fresh, ripe summer berries and a drizzle of honey.

    Have fun on vacay, can’t wait to soak up some vicarious sun!

  22. #
    Jennifer Farley — November 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love Vermont Creamery! What a perfect recipe!

  23. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — November 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    mmmm They look fantastic!! ooo and now I’m super jealous that you’ve gotten to get away from this freezing cold! Enjoy that rum!

  24. #
    Nikki @ NikSnacks — November 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Have fun in Granada! I’m jealous! I’ll just be here in America, making your cheesecakes 🙂

  25. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — November 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Have fun in Grenada. I am properly envious. Smile—-Great cheese cake!!! I am a cheesecake lover.

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — November 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Girlfriend! Making it to November in NY without turning on the heat is a victory. Creme fraiche makes cheesecake so creamy and light. Love how cute these little cuties are!

  27. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — November 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I’m a straight up wimp. The second its 50 degrees outside I make my husband turn on the heat. It’s the CCaribbean in me. By the way, I fully expect you to drink rum cocktails the entire time. I’ll hold it down with this amazing no bake cheesecake.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — November 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Girl, I turned my heat on over a month ago. I’m such a wuss! Totally jealous of your trip – drink some rum and soak up some rays for me!!

  29. #
    Karissa | Sweet as a Cookie — November 21, 2014 at 12:50 am

    These look fantastic. I’d like 10 of them right now!

  30. #
    Carmen M. — November 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This sounds so yummy, and unique! Will definitely have to try it!

  31. #
    beth — November 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    oh, these are definitely going on the list of things to try this year… we always do a second thanksgiving, so we’ll have leftovers (first one is away, with family).

  32. #
    Meseidy Rivera — November 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Cranberry and orange are a classic pairing! I love how you worked them into such and easy dessert!

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    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — November 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I play the same “heat” game every year. I did not even make it to November this year. I want to cry when the propane truck arrives….so have fun in Grenada. I’ll be thinking of you when I’m shivering and eating a pile of these little gems of happiness. So beautiful!

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    Joanne — November 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I’m only CRAZY JEALOUS of your warm weather travels! If I had known earlier, I might have stowed myself away in your suitcase.
    Well, at least we have cranberry cheesecake. That counts for something.


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