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Cara Cara Orange Curd

Prep time
30 mins
Special Diets
Food Allergies
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Wheat-free | Celiac | Corn-free | Soy-free

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Cara Cara oranges are a variety of nevel orange, and they are less acidic and sweeter thatn typical oranges. They have ruby red flesh which make them a great ingredient to use during the holidays, adding a bright, festive flash or color to your table when you want it to look its best.


2 Cara Cara oranges
1 Tlemon juice
1 egg (large)
2 egg yolks
1⁄4 csugar (granulated)
4 Tbutter (unsalted, cut into cubes, softened)


Zest one of the oranges. Slice both oranges in half and juice them. Pour the juice into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a rapid simmer and cook, stirring, to reduce to about 1/4 cup, 2-4 minutes. Transfer to a measuring cup to cool, and stir in the orange zest and the lemon zest. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and sugar. When the orange juice has cooled to room temperature, whisk it into the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream.

Set a fine-mesh strainer over a clean bowl, and set aside.

Transfer the egg and juice mixture back into the saucepan. Cook, gently and constantly stirring, until the mixture turns into a pudding-like consistency, 6-8 minutes (or until the curd reaches 180˚F.) Strain the curd through the strainer to remove any bits of cooked egg and zest. Stir in the butter and a pinch of salt. 

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. It will keep about a week.