Making the most of Seville Oranges – a curd of bitter orange ….


So much citrus still in mum’s garden and before the season comes to an end I want to make use of this abundance and try out some new things rather than just another pot of jam or marmalade.

And this Seville curd is unbelievable, the texture, consistency, the flavor of the bitter orange balances the sweetness in the curd and I left bits of grated rind in it which make it more vibrant. Dedicate half an hour to standing at the stove and stirring gently and continuously until the curd is thick enough to coat the spoon. Other than this, it is the easiest of recipes as you just throw in all the ingredients together in one pot. The day after it was made, the curd sets with the consistency of the smoothest spread ! Really yumm.


For 500g yield, you will need :

2 Seville Oranges, zest and juice, if they are small use 3
1 Lemon, zest and juice
225 g sugar
110 g pure butter
4 egg yolks, beaten

This is a very easy recipe, you just need to put all the ingredients in a glass bowl and stand it on top of a saucepan with simmering water (Bain Marie).


Heat gently, stirring for about 30 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This is the trick for perfection, do not leave it unattended, even for a few seconds.

Pour into sterilized jars while still warm and store in a cool place. Use within a month. I have stored mine in the fridge…


And we had our curd with plain fairy cakes using Delia’s lightest sponge recipe


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9 responses to “Making the most of Seville Oranges – a curd of bitter orange ….”

  1. Wow! Look at the colour!! How long does it keep?

    1. Around a month for you in the UK I would think Elaine, less here but I am storing mine in the fridge ….

      1. Good morning..hope you are having a good morning.

  2. We like Lemon Curd and this variation should be delicious with our scones.Not sure I can find Seville oranges but a subsitute will have to do. Looking forward to making your recipe.

    1. It’s delicious Jovina, let me know how it works out, stir gently without stopping and it will be perfect …

  3. This looks marvelous. I never used Seville curd, and I think that should change. 😀

    1. Bitter sweet, not a big fan usually but I really like this one !

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