Winter Spiced Orange Curd
I have been making this for years, gradually reducing the sugar & butter. Its zingy & fresher as a result.
Medjool dates filled with this are amazing. I also use it on toast, as a filling in small panettone buns, or in chocolate orange desserts. Scrummy.
About this Recipe
Try to use unwaxed oranges, if you can’t get hold of them then give your oranges a good scrub before zesting them.
This will store in the fridge for a couple of weeks in a sealed glass jar.
- 100g butter (preferably organic)
- 50g xylitol
- 2 tbsp honey (preferably local).
- Zest of 4 large oranges
- Juice of 3—4 large oranges
- 4 eggs—whisked & strained through a sieve
- 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
Spices—vary to suit your preferences
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 all spice berries
- 1 star anise
- 3 cloves
- Half fill a medium saucepan with water & find a large bowl that will fit nicely over the top. Start to heat on a medium setting.
- Add all the ingredients and stir well.
- When the water in in the saucepan starts to simmer reduce the heat until it is barely simmering. Gentle heat is needed, if you heat it too much the eggs will start to scramble
- I like my curd really fresh & zingy, not too sweet. Adjust the honey / xylitol to your preference.
- This will take a little time—depending on how thick you like you curd. It will thicken more on cooling.
- When it has reached the desired thickness allow it to cool before removing the spices. Then decant into glass jars with good fitting lids.
2 medium jam jars
About an hour + cooling time
Oranges are high in vitamins A & C, plus potassium, calcium & phosphorous. Oranges have strong anti-inflammatory effects, improve digestion & are beneficial for colds, arthritis & flu.
Raw honey, although only a little used here, contains antioxidants with many health benefits. Honey has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes, such as for sore throats. It is anti bacterial & antifungal, & as a prebiotic is good for the gut. Honey is sweeter than refined sugar so less can be used, & does not upset the mineral balance like refined sugar does.
Eggs provide more nutrients per calorie than any other animal food, except milk. Often described as pretty much a perfect source of protein, rich in selenium (great for good moods), Vitamin A, many B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium & potassium. Buy organic ,or at least free range, if you can.
Cinnamon historically was used for insomnia, menstrual cramps, & nausea. It is probably best known now for stabilising blood sugar levels, great for helping to prevent Type 2 Diabetes & for weight management.