Orange Curd

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Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season! Thanks to the social media, I got to peek at your Christmas trees, the beautiful decorations near the fire place, your grand feasts and of course, the pretty colorful sugar cookies you baked. It made me smile every single time and wished life would remain the same everyday. But then again, that would probably make living more dull and less amusing. So, while life moves on and we get ready to welcome the New Year, make resolutions and update our to-do list, I have this extremely easy condiment to share with you that can make your breakfast and afternoon tea more delightful!


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I wanted to share the orange curd with you much earlier but with the festive mood and the cozy rainy weather, I slowed down a tad bit. I have been spending most days, baking, cooking, reading books, attending parties and on some days, doing absolutely nothing. It felt good.


We are now in the last week of the year and I wanted to end it on a sweet note.


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With everyday ingredients, making fruit curd is effortless and quite a treat, especially when it’s made fresh at home. I like to spread it on a bread or warm croissant and sometimes even drop a few dollops in my daily bowl of cereal. What makes a curd different from custard is the quantity of zest that is added to make it for flavorful. Instead of rubbing the skin on a zester, peel the skin off gently using a vegetable peeler and grind it along with the required sugar in a food processor. It’s the best way to develop enough of the zest from the citrus fruit.


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While the market is overloaded with citrus fruits these days, go grab some and give this a try. Do not preserve it for too long. Make in a small batch and finish it within few weeks.

Just in case, if I don’t get to see you before the brand new year, here is a huge hug coming from my side with tons of best wishes for 2013! I will see you all soon with more stories, more recipes and more photos to share.

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Orange Curd

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, kept at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Peel the orange skin lightly using a vegetable peeler. Add it to food processor and grind it along with the sugar until it is coarsely powdered.
  2. Squeeze juice from the orange and keep it aside to be used later.
  3. Using a whisk or a stand mixer, cream the butter until it’s smooth. Add the zest-sugar powder to it and continue mixing.
  4. Add one egg at a time and mix until it’s all combined together to form a creamy texture.
  5. Finally add orange juice, lemon juice, pinch of salt and continue mixing for about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture in a saucepan and cook at a low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. The finish product should have a glossy look and should coat your spoon.
  7. Let it cool down to room temperature before you store it in the refrigerator.


  • It's important to cook it in low heat or else, it will curdle.
  • It's important to keep the egg and butter at room temperature for a creamy texture

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Did you enjoy this Orange Curd? Share your creation by tagging @playfulcooking on Instagram with the #playfulcooking and I will re-share in my story!

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  • indugetscooking
    December 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Hi, I am unable to view the recipe. Is there some plug in I need to install?

    Love the xmassy banner.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Hi Indu, I am facing some issue with the plugin and hence had to remove the plugin and update the recipe in normal text. You should be able to see it now! Sorry for the inconvenience caused!

      • indugetscooking
        December 27, 2012 at 4:48 AM

        Thanks Kankana, able to see it now…

  • Radhika
    December 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I can imagine the aroma of it. Wow. I have never made any sort fruit curd. So do you have any idea how long this keeps when refrigerated?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Thanks Radhika 🙂 Well, I generally keep it for two to three weeks, but it’s best to finish it fast as I don’t use any artificial preservatives!

  • Grishma
    December 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    mmmmmm I can smell the beautiful citrusy aroma of that orange sugar. Love orange in anything.
    Lovely photographs as always.

  • dishesfrommykitchen
    December 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Lemon curd,orange curd,passion fruit curd are my absolute favorite..can lick the whole jar.. Way too tempting. Wonderful filling for many baked goodies. As usual your pictures are too good.

  • Reem
    December 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Looks gorgeous babe….
    I always have lemon curd on toast in morning. ..
    Now im so craving this…

  • sangeeta khanna
    sangeeta khanna
    December 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Lovely pictures but I love those flavors even more 🙂
    Lime and orange curd is one of my favorite ways to dress up my desserts. I like that you didn’t strain this orange curd, it would keep getting richer in flavors till you finally serve it.

  • Rosa
    December 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Divine! Lemon and orange curds are just irresistible.

    Happy Holidays (cute banner by the way).



  • Sarvani
    December 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I made lemon curd last week.. and since I’m a huge fan of oranges.. I can just imagine how gorgeous the orange curd would have been!! I like the idea of the peel with the sugar to make the zest..i usually struggle with that.. thanks for that!!

    happy holidays!!!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    December 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    This looks so good. I have been seeing so many fruit curd recipes and they all look gorgeous. How ever I don’t eat eggs so can’t make them!

    Enjoy your holidays 🙂

  • nisha
    December 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    i am getting slightly obsessed with fruit curds..made passion fruit curd and now im thinking what else i can make 🙂 this looks like a great idea, slathered on toast and breakfast is sorted ..

  • dassana
    December 27, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    i have never made fruit curds. so will try making if possible without eggs. the combo of oranges and greys in the pics is looking great.

  • Sudeshna
    December 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I’m so drooling over it. have some croissant just out of the oven, this will be so good with those.

  • Manju
    December 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Have never tasted any form of fruit curd, and I’ve been seeing a lot of them in many blogs these days…should try it out soon. I love oranges and recently I’m crazy about Orange Marmalade…mayb as soon as that’s over I’ll try this orange curd 🙂

    Happy New Year to you as well and big hugs!! XOXO


  • Wizzy
    December 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I absolutely adore fruit curd. Never tried adding the zest though but I imagine it would give a more intense flavor

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I love homemade curd, what a luscious gift!

  • Vijitha Shyam
    Vijitha Shyam
    December 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Save some for me to taste it on Sat 🙂 Looks so yummy.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Sure 🙂 Will save some for you!

  • foodwanderings
    December 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I made lemon curds on several occasions before but never orange one. What a lovely idea. I love to stock up around this time of the year on savory and sweet condiments. They come in handy on so many occasion and elevate the dishes.

  • Deepa
    December 28, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    I couldn’t view you recipe earlier, glad now I can. I wouldn’t save these jars for long 😉 very well captured…

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    December 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    A big hug back to you and best wishes for a beautiful New Year!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    December 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    What lovely clicks, Kankana! Have a very happy New year. Love.

  • nipponnin
    December 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I got home late yesterday from trip and your post is the first one I peeked at this morning. I love the vibrant color photos! I’m lucky! I have all the ingredients to make this curd…perhaps I should send my husband to get a loaf of bread. Have a happy New Year!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    December 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    What a beautiful curd…like a burst of sunshine 🙂
    Happy New Year Kankana!

  • Radhika @ Just Homem
    Radhika @ Just Homem
    January 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Kana, Happy New Year!
    Lemon or Orange curd is one of the few things I’d love to make but know that it is difficult to replicate without eggs..