Slices of blood orange and mini blood orange tarts

Mini Blood Orange Curd Tarts

Course: Baking, Dessert
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 6 people (with left over curd)
Author: Anna Bloomfield
Mini blood orange tarts that look beautiful, taste amazing and make the perfect Mother’s Day dessert.
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For the blood orange curd

  • 4 blood oranges (zest and juice (300ml juice))
  • 100 g ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 25 g ¼ stick butter, diced

For the tarts

  • 6 all butter sweet pastry tart cases*

For the candied blood orange slices

  • 1 blood orange cut into 6 thin slices
  • 200 g granulated sugar


For the blood orange curd.

  • Put the sugar and the zest and juice of the oranges into a heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of gently simmering water and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Strain** to remove the zest and rinse out the bowl. Return the syrup to the bowl and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Beat together the whole eggs and extra yolks thoroughly. Add the eggs to the sugar syrup and whisk in thoroughly. Place back over the pan of simmering water and heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and covers the back of the wooden spoon, this will take about 10 minutes.
  • Add the butter to the curd, stir until melted then sieve to ensure the curd is really smooth.

For the candied blood orange slices

  • Place the sugar and 180ml water into a large frying pan. Heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Place the orange slices into the syrup taking care that they do not overlap. Simmer for 15-30 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pith is translucent.
  • Cool on baking parchment. Store in an air tight container, between sheets of baking parchment until ready to use.

For the tarts

  • Pour the curd into the pastry cases ensuring that you fill them to just below the top. Leave to cool then refrigerate until ready to eat. Decorate with a candied orange slice just before serving.
  • Pour any remaining curd into a jam jar and refrigerate. Use within a few days.


*I use Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference, or make your own using your favourite recipe.
**Strain through a piece of cheese cloth, muslin or even a thin tea towel placed into a sieve to make sure you remove all the zest. Give it a squeeze, taking care not to burn yourself, to ensure you remove every bit of the syrup.


Calories: 436kcal (22%) | Carbohydrates: 69g (23%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 15g (23%) | Saturated Fat: 6g (30%) | Cholesterol: 128mg (43%) | Sodium: 203mg (8%) | Potassium: 78mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 51g (57%) | Vitamin A: 290IU (6%) | Vitamin C: 5.8mg (7%) | Calcium: 26mg (3%) | Iron: 1.4mg (8%)

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