Living here at the moment is like living in an orange world. People keep giving me bags full. The trees seem to produce so much fruit with so little work. Everyone has orange trees and nobody knows what to do with them all, so they give them away.
Not that I mind it gives me a chance to get creative, there is only so much orange juice you can drink…..
I’ve made lemon curd before and it was really easy and had been thinking about making curd with the oranges that were threatening to go off in carrier bags in my kitchen.I wasn’t sure it would work or about the sugar ratio. The deciding moment came when I saw a recipe for orange passionfruit curd tarts on 6 Bittersweets. They looked so beautiful, I didn’t need any more encouragement……….
I used the same recipe I used to make lemon curd but I just used a bit less sugar. It worked! It really is lovely on toast and the smell of the orange zest while you are making it is intoxicating……
It is really easy to make into a tart as well. You just pour/ dollop it into a baked sweet tart case and leave it in the fridge to set.
Orange Curd Recipe
makes 3 jars, vegetarian
- grated zest & juice of 4 oranges
- 4 eggs
- 300 gr caster sugar
- 230 gr room temperature unsalted butter
- 2 tsp cornflour
Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients and put on a medium high heat. Whisk continuously until thickened (about 5-8 minutes). Lower the to minimum and simmer, still whisking for another minute. Remove from the heat and pour into hot sterilized jars (Just put them through the dishwasher). Seal immediately, leave to cool then store in the fridge.
Orange Curd Tart Recipe
- orange curd (see recipe above)
- baked sweet tart shell/cases see my recipe here or buy one/some
- icing sugar
- orange zest curls
Bake the tart shell/cases until golden, leave to cool slightly then pour/dollop in the orange curd. Spread it about evenly and chill in the fridge. Best eaten on the same day as filling the case. When ready to serve, dust with a little icing sugar and top with some orange zest curls.
It would be lovely topped with soft meringue and baked too. I will have to try that next time. I have a feeling there will be a next time, my friend Rhian has just invited our dog, Rufus, around to play. She said to bring a bag as she has loads of oranges………..