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Orange Curd Frangipane Tarts

Orange Curd Frangipane Tarts
Orange Curd Frangipane Tarts

I have been lazing around at home for the last week and a half over the Christmas holidays and eating myself silly. However the Christmas Pudding only lasts so long and soon you find your self cakeless with a sugar craving to cure! I decided this week to try and use all the Christmas treats left over in the fridge some nice desserts. First up was a lonely looking jar of orange curd which I made before Christmas (check out my spiced orange curd recipe here). I usually put raspberry preserve in frangipane tarts, but thought curd would work as well and it did! The frangipane recipe is Jamie Oliver’s and definitely the best!

These are actually really nice and really quick and easy. I also had leftover pastry which I used for the base of this, but even frozen pastry would be fine. Frangipane is essentially a cake mix made with ground almonds, it’s delicious. I added the cinnamon and nutmeg to add a Christmas flavour, but you can leave these out. I filled cake tins with pastry, added a spoon of curd and a spoon of frangipane and that was it! I made about 20 for a family party. Just don’t overfill the cases or they will overflow.

Fresh From The Oven
Fresh From The Oven

Ingredients:

Pastry (enough to fill 12-15 bun holes in a bun tin depending on size)

1 jar Orange Curd (or enough for 1 tsp per tartlet)

90g soft light brown sugar

100g ground almond

100g butter

1 egg

zest of 1 orange

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 – 1/2 tsp nutmeg

1. Roll out pastry, use the top of a glass to cut out circles of pastry to fill the pre-greased and lined bun tins.

2. Cream together almond, butter, sugar, egg, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and orange zest to create your frangipane mix.

3.Put a teaspoon of orange curd on top of the pastry.

4. Put a teaspoon of frangipane on top of the curd.

5. Pop into an oven preheated at 180C for 17-20 minutes, they are done when golden on top. Be careful not to over cook.

6. Enjoy with some leftover whiskey/brandy cream!

Fill With Curd and Frangipane
Fill With Curd and Frangipane
Let Cool
Let Cool
Orange Curd Tartlet
Orange Curd Tartlet
Ready To Go
Ready To Go
Crispy and Gooey All At Once!
Crispy and Gooey All At Once!

Orange Spiced Curd

Orange Spiced Curd
Orange Spiced Curd
Orange Curd
Orange Curd
Jar of Orange Curd
Jar of Orange Curd

This is a yummy thing to have in the cupboard over Christmas! Orange Curd, yum yum! Okay, I had never made curd before, or even eaten it for that matter but I decided to give it a go anyway. I thought it would be handy over Christmas on top of scones, with a mince pie instead of cream, at the base of frangipane tarts, between a layer of cake.. the opportunities seemed endless!

I decided to make orange curd instead of the traditional lemon curd as I wanted to add some Christmas spices, and I thought that they would go better with orange. I added in one lemon though for some extra zing. It did taste really delicious when it was done, the flavours were great.

This is very very easy to made. I read on-line that blending all ingredients before adding them to the pot prevent curdling, and it was true. This takes no time at all to make, and makes nice little gifts for those who appreciate a nice pot of curd! Perhaps you could splash out on some nice ribbon.. I could only find some twine left over from my mum’s Plum Pudding and so it looks a little shabby rustic!

Ingredients (for 5 jars):

450ml freshly squeezed orange juice (About 4 large oranges and I added a lemon in too)

Zest of four oranges

1kg sugar

250g butter

7 large eggs

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground clove

1. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs. Mix in juice. Mix in spices. (You can add in more spices to your taste if you like).

2. Heat over a low heat in  a heavy bottomed pot for about 5 minutes until smooth, stirring continuously.

3. Now raise the heat to medium (never boil) and let thicken which will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir it the whole time. When the curd coats the back of your spoon it’s done. This is where I freaked out as I didn’t realise that it thickens further as it cools, so don’t worry too much at this point. Don’t expect it to be the finished consistency while still hot in the pot.

4. Take off the heat and pour in to sterilised jars. Let cool, then cover the top of the jar in a little cling film (apparently this helps avoid a skin forming) and put on the lids when cool.

5. Keep in fridge and it should keep around 2 to 3 weeks.

Cream Butter and Sugar
Cream Butter and Sugar
Add in Eggs
Add in Eggs
Add in Spices
Add in Spices
Mix in Orange Juice and Zest
Mix in Orange Juice and Zest
Heat and let Butter Melt
Heat and let Butter Melt
Heat and Stir for Ten Minutes
Heat and Stir for Ten Minutes
Let Thicken
Let Thicken
Pour in to Jars Straight Away
Pour in to Jars Straight Away
Orange Curd
Orange Curd
Jar of Orange Curd
Jar of Orange Curd