Mandarin Orange Curd

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Mandarin Orange Curd is a luscious, sweet fruit spread with only 4 ingredients. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, biscuits, scones, serving with fruit, or using in many other delicious ways.

Mandarin Orange Curd -- a sweet fruit spread made with only 4 delicious ingredients

A few years ago, I was visiting a friend in her home. She had a few snacks that she pulled out and placed on the dining room table where we were sitting and one of the items she had was Lemon Curd. I had never had Lemon Curd before, but she raved about it and like any good guest, I gave it a try.

The sad part of this story is I was seriously scared to try it. The word “curd” doesn’t sound very appetizing, so I expected the worst. But, after tasting it, I realized that this stuff is seriously good!

For those unfamiliar with Lemon Curd, or other curds, they are a thick, sweet fruit spread that you can use in so many ways. You can spread it on bread, biscuits, scones, use it as a topping for fruit, or even use it in baked treats, such as a filling for cakes.

While Lemon Curd is very popular, I’m absolutely in love with mandarin oranges and knew that they would make an amazing curd. This Mandarin Orange Curd is great to make for your holiday guests or even to give as a food gift. For the mandarins, I used super cute and delicious Halos Mandarins, which is by the Wonderful people (same company that makes PomWonderful).

halos mandarin oranges

Guess how many ingredients this recipe has?? FOUR!! Only 4 simple ingredients: Halos Mandarins, eggs, sugar, and butter. That’s it!

For this recipe, you will need the juice from about six Halo Mandarins — more or less. Every batch I made used six, so if your kids are like mine and want to tear into the bag as soon as you get home, just make sure to save six of those babies for your curd. Luckily, there is plenty in the bag (or box, if you buy them that way), so you’ll be good.

halos mandarin oranges

If you want to add some mandarin zest to your curd, you’ll want to zest a couple manadarins before juicing. I like the specks of color and flavor the zest gives, so I go for it. This can be skipped, though, if you’d rather not mess with it. Then, you’ll juice those Halos Mandarins for every little drop they can give you. After juicing, enjoy the wonderful way your kitchen will smell. After I was done juicing, my youngest son came into the kitchen and said “what’s smells good??” Seriously, my whole kitchen smelled delicious just from juicing them.

halos mandarin oranges

Get a saucepan of water simmering on your stove. You want a pan that is sized perfectly to hold a stainless steel bowl without it falling in and so that the bottom rests inside the saucepan, just above the water. While you wait for your water to simmer, mix together your eggs and sugar with a wire whisk in that stainless steel bowl. Then, mix in that mandarin juice until everything is combine and smooth.  Take your bowl over to your simmering water and place it on/in the saucepan. With your wire whisk, keep stirring….constantly. Don’t walk way! Your constant stirring is what’s going to keep the eggs from curdling.

Mandarin Orange Curd

Once the mixture has thickened (to about 170 degrees F on a candy thermometer), remove from the heat and whisk in your butter and mandarin zest.

Mandarin Orange Curd

Pour the mixture into your storage containers and allow the mixture to cool completely. I like using canning jars to store my Mandarin Orange Curd, so I divided the mixture between three 4 ounce canning jars. Once they are cool, refrigerate until firm and chilled (at least an hour, but a few hours is better).

Mandarin Orange Curd

Pretty easy, right? And with only 4 ingredients, it’s really doable…even for a last minute holiday treat. We enjoyed our latest batch with some cranberry scones, but you can use it as a spread for other breads.

Mandarin Orange Curd

Here’s the complete recipe, ready for you to save to ZipList or print:


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Let me a comment and let me know how you would use this Mandarin Orange Curd!

About the Author: brandie (551 Posts)

Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. Just YUM!

  2. I make lemon curd all the time and freeze it to have on hand. Will have to try Halo orange curd.


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