I love the mixture of creaminess, sweetness and a bit of a tang you get with fruit curds. So I thought I’d get a wee bit festive and make this cranberry and orange curd. It’s something different to use up those cranberries and perfect on your toast on Christmas morning.
Christmas Cranberry Curd
Okay gang it is the run up to Christmas so let’s get this party started with some ideas for gorgeous gifts, and you know me, these just have to be foodie!
What could be better than this Christmas Cranberry Curd. If you always think of curd as being of the lemon variety then this one will get your taste buts all a tingling!
I bought a huge batch of cranberries the other day. I just love their colour and can’t resist when I see them in the shops, it’s a case of ‘Wayhey Christmas is coming’.
So anyway I trotted home with my berries and thought I would play around with something different to make with them instead of my usual cranberry sauce.
Ingredients for cranberry and orange curd
There are only a few ingredients for this super tasty and festive curd, five in fact;
Cranberries (you can use fresh or frozen cranberries)
Oranges (if they are of the standard waxed kind then give them a jolly good scrub in soapy hot water, rinse thoroughly and dry to remove the wax coating)
Eggs, free-range is best of course!
Sugar – use white sugar here not brown sugar of any type as you don’t want that caramel taste in this curd.
How to make cranberry and orange curd
Zest the orange and squeeze out the juice. Remember to avoid that bitter white pith when you are grating the zest off the orange.
cook the cranberries in the orange juice with the zest until the cranberries break down and go mushy.
Attack with a blending wand or pour into your blender to turn this juicy berry goodness into a fruit pulp.
Now pour this into a Bain Marie (bowl over a pot of simmering water with the bubbles not actually touching the base of the bowl and add the sugar and butter and let those dissolve.
Add the eggs and stir them into the mixture. Keep stirring and this will come together and thicken to a creamy consistancy as your cranberry curd.
Ladle into sterilised jars. The curd will set up as it cools so don’t panic about it not being solid right away.
How long does homemade curd keep?
Curds aren’t really preserves at all in the true sense of the word. While they sit alongside jams and jelly in the supermarket they don’t have the same shelf life when made at home.
Store curd in the fridge in sealed jars for up to 2 months. However, once jar is opened it must be used up within 2 weeks. It tastes so delicious mine never lasts long anyway!
Can you freeze cranberry curd? Yes, you can. Just spoon it into freezer-proof bags or little plastic boxes or jars (leave about 1cm head space for expansion), label and pop it in the freezer for up to a year. Defrost thoroughly before use.
How to make the most of this cranberry curd
On toast for breakfast or with croissants too, what better way to start Christmas morning than with cranberry curd on your toast!
Stirred into Greek yogurt or swirled through ice-cream
As a filling for sponge cakes or tarts. Cranberry curd tarts would be perfect as a change from the usual mince pies on your festive tea table.
Slathered on a scone with cream on top, yessss!
Stirred into cream cheese with sugar as a cake frosting.
Need more help with curd making?
Then check out my How To Make Cool Curds page for full information on how to make these simple sweet treats.
You can make curds out of any juicy fruit. From lemons and limes to oranges, pineapple and cherries. Here are some of my favourite fruit curd recipes.
PS – Here are some other cranberry recipes you might like to try;
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Christmas Cranberry And Orange Curd
- 300 g cranberries
- 2 oranges the zest and the juice which should be about 100ml/3 1/2fl oz
- 4 eggs beaten
- 125 g unsalted butter
- 450 g caster sugar
- Put the berries, grated zest of the orange (avoiding the bitter white pith) and the orange juice in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the berries are soft and mushy.
- Whizz with blending wand or carefully pour into a blender.
- You can pour this back in the pan and add the other ingredients that way, but to be honest I prefer to set a bowl over a pan of bubbling water (a double boiler) as I feel it means I have a bit more control over the eggs when adding them.
- So I pour my smooth berry and juice/zest mixture into my double boiler bowl and add the sugar and butter and stir until they have dissolved.
- Now comes the bit that always scares people about making curds, adding the eggs. Don’t panic, just add the beaten eggs to your mixture and
- keep stirring, , that is the key to making a curd. Stir your mixture until it thickens up.
- Spoon into sterilised jars, cover with a waxed paper disc and pop on a lid.