Spiced Orange and Ginger Curd

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homemade orange and lemon spiced curd
This spiced curd is smooth, creamy and zesty in all the right ways. With jars of this in your fridge on stand-by you’ll never be without a dessert when unexpected friends pop round this festive season.
Layer in between fluffy sponge cakes and top with whipped cream and fresh orange zest. Pour into a store-bought or homemade tart shell for an instant citrus tart. Or, simply just spread lashings of this delicious curd on warm toast for an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. Keep these jars of gold all for yourself or gift to friends and family this Christmas; either way, we’re sure this moorish curd won’t be around for long!

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a pot and add the juice, sugar and spices.
    Stir on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until all is incorporated and you begin the smell the whole spices.
  2. Whisk the eggs separately in a small bowl. Remove the spiced butter mix from the heat and slowly whisk the eggs in, constantly whisking (if you add them on the heat your eggs will scramble).
  3. The mixture  may not be  thick enough at this point. The quickest way to get the curd to set and not scramble it is to heat a saucepan with about an inch of water to boiling point and reduce heat to moderate so just off the point of boil. Then place  the curd mixture in a heat proof small bowl and put it over the boiling saucepan with water  and stir slowly and  steadily until you  no longer get the runny deeper colored  liquid  when your turn the spoon through the mixture. The desired texture is a creamy smooth fluffy curd  which will  coats the back of a wooden spoon. 

    Remove the whole spices and divide the curd mixture into some sterilised jars. – To sterilise your jars simply run them through the dishwasher and be sure not to touch the inside after.

    Garnish with orange zest and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

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