Blood Orange Curd

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Blood Orange Curd ~ blood oranges have their own special citrus/berry flavor, delicate floral aroma, and drop dead gorgeous color ~ this deliciously easy curd is a must make during citrus season.

This recipe is similar to the Meyer Lemon Curd from a few days ago, except that I cut down the sugar a little bit because the oranges are sweeter.  In fact I added the juice of one lemon to the recipe to get some of that tartness that you expect in a curd. Blood oranges vary a lot in color, so depending on what you have, your curd could turn out orange, peachy, coral, pink, or even veering toward a muted purple.  The six egg yolks have some say in the final color as well.

Blood Oranges give off more pulp when they’re juiced than other oranges, so if you want a completely smooth curd you might want to strain the juice before adding it to the egg yolks.  I left mine in, I don’t mind the texture.

Today marks the start of an all citrus week here on The view from Great Island.  I’m going to get it out of my system in one fell swoop before moving on.  Stay tuned…it’s going to be lots of fun.   If you want to cook along with me, grab some lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits, you’re going to need them all!

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Blood Orange Curd and Day #1 of All Citrus Week!
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Blood Orange Curd and Day #1 of All Citrus Week!


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon and enough blood orange juice to make 1/2 cup total juice (about 2 oranges)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut in pieces


  1. Put the yolks, sugar, zest and juice into a saucepan.  Whisk everything together.
  2. Set the pan over medium heat and, stirring constantly, heat until thickened.  This will take about 6-10 minutes depending on how hot your flame is.  Don't let the mixture boil, but heat it until it coats the back of your spoon or spatula and is thick and glossy.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the butter, bit by bit, stirring the entire time.
  4. When all the butter is incorporated and the curd is smooth, pour it into a glass bowl.
  5. Put a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the curd to prevent a skin forming and let cool.
  6. Refrigerate until cold.  It will thicken as it cools.

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    Hungry Dog
    February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I am a little obsessed with blood oranges–any time I see them listed as an ingredient on anything I want to eat/order/make it. This curd looks amazing.

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    February 18, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I love all the different types of curd, for so long I thought lemon was the only kind. This looks so pretty and sounds delightful!

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    February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I love the color that blood oranges give to food. I made an icing with them and it was pink. Love your curd.

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    February 18, 2013 at 3:51 am

    this looks so good love citrus curds

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    February 18, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I love the color of the blood orange curd. Citrus fruits are friendly on the pocketbook too.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    February 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Oh boy, this is going to be a good week! I’ve been feeling the citrus lately – oh how I wish somewhere that I could actually walk outside and pick some from a tree… sigh… Beautiful curd :)

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    February 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’m so glad you made blood orange curd. I had the idea it would make a fantastic curd and was really keen to try it out, but could I find blood oranges anywhere? No! I made some lime and ginger curd instead though and that is pretty yummy and definitely tart.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    February 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    It’s drippy, gorgeous, heaven right there! I bet it’s beyond good! I have a citrus post coming this week,too. It’s been in my drafts for a month but keeps getting bumped for cookies :) But I’m on it this week. I can’t wait for your week!

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    Marina D
    February 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my goodness I am in LOVE. I love blood oranges and curd. mmmm… is it tea time yet?

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    February 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    In a word – delicious! I’ll be following along all week – sounds like fun! I’m on school break and I have time! Yay!

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    February 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Glad I popped by this a.m. Gorgeous color for a fine Sunday morning.
    Citrus is loved by most and I am happily anticipating your posts this week celebrating in various ways.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks, Kate. I had to do it, I’m overcome with citrus lust and this is the only way to get it out of my system and go on with a normal life :)