Tangerine Lemon Curd


I go to church in Hollywood.  Most every Sunday.  I step over super gross, drunken Saturday night vomit, club promo cards, discarded hair extensions, gum wrappers and street hot dog remnants.  I kid you not.  Hollywood is nuts.  Watch your step.

Some questions arise when I go to church.  Is it rude to shush a chatty couple in church?  Is it rude to ask a once chatty couple to stop making out during church?  Cause… I mean, seriously. I know we’re sitting towards the back of church… but Jesus (literally)!  ((Ok… I’m exaggerating.  They weren’t totally making out.  But they were kissing.  And I wanted it to stop.)) (((Um, Joy… jealous much!?)))

And another thing!  Sir, when I’m the usher and offer you the offering basket please don’t hold up your hand like you pass… like you’re passing on another coffee refill at a diner.  Taking the basket is not optional.  Putting money in the basket is optional… but you have to take the basket.  Touch it.   Just pass it on…. this is how this whole offering thing works.  K.  Thanks.  God bless you.


I love my church.  I do.

Now that I have that off my chest we can talk about citrus and curd.


Have you ever made citrus curd?  It’s one of those things that might feel really fancy, but it’s super easy to make.

Citrus is totally bonkers right now.. I say get on this.


This Tangerine and Lemon Curd is a simple mixture of fresh juice, sugar, zest, butter and eggs.  When heated and whisked, the protein in the eggs work to thicken the curd just the right amount.  Warm curd with be the consistency of warm pudding, but will be perfectly spreadable when chilled.

I like to rub tangerine zest into the sugar to release all of the essential oils before cooking.  This is totally a smarty pants move.


What the heck do you do with curd?  If you’re anything like me, a spoon is an awfully delicious way to enjoy curd.

I also like these Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins or Buttermilk Biscuits as a curd delivery system.

Also… I won’t tell you how many times I typed crud instead of curd in this post.  A lot.


Tangerine Lemon Curd

makes about 3/4 cup

Print this Recipe!

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

5 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon tangerine zest

1/4 cup tangerine juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

pinch of salt

Combine sugar and tangerine zest on a clean cutting board.  With a bench knife or the back of a spoon, rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar is very fragrant and slightly orange in color.

In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, whisk together egg yolks, egg, tangerine sugar, juices, butter and salt.  Whisk over the heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  This takes about 5 minutes.  The mixture will begin to smell just like citrus curd.  It’s delicious.

Remove from heat and pass through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl.  Transfer to a small jar or airtight container and refrigerate until cool and thicker in texture.  Curd will last, refrigerated, for about a week.

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233 thoughts on “Tangerine Lemon Curd

  1. On it! Making curd is one of the most relaxing things ever and this version sounds incredible! The couple in church, not so much. Kinda tests the “Turn the other cheek” in a new direction.

  2. I made the lemon variety yesterday – it is PERFECT for filling macarons.
    But I like your spoon way too. I will be doing that with the rest of the jar.

  3. At my church, some boys were using the church doors as a soccer goal post(during mass), but I think making out in church is a little sick… tangerine curd looks delicious.

  4. People make out in your church? I need to come there. Anyhow, I wonder if this could possibly be made vegan – but not gross vegan, good vegan. Maybe with a little Mori-Nu silken tofu. This looks sooo delicious.

  5. Do people really make out in your church?!? That’s kind of inappropriate… But anyway, that tangerine lemon curd looks so yummy! Btw, this is off topic, but I made your doughnut muffins. They were sooo good and they look so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I know I’d love this! I know my honey would go nutz over it! He drinks tangerine juice every day, so this curd (definitely NOT crud!) :) would totally make his day if I made it for him. And I just might. :) It would be fun to make and certainly a pleasure to eat…right off the spoon. :)

    I had peanut butter on a spoon for dessert tonight. Your tangerine curd would have been so much nicer. Don’t get me wrong, I love peanut butter, but creamy curd would have totally hit the spot. Pity I already had dessert. But there’s always another day. :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe. :)

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