Orange Tart – A Citrus Tart Upgraded with Oranges

This recipe for an orange curd tart is like a lemon tart or lemon bars, but much more floral. It has a citrus-forward, tart-sweet flavor. While oranges are indeed available year-round, if you’re in the mood to celebrate winter citrus season, this is a fantastic winter dessert recipe that highlights oranges in an expected way. It’s pretty and impressive for a dinner party, too!

Orange Tart - A Citrus Tart Upgraded with Oranges

Background and inspiration for this orange curd tart recipe

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m obsessed with citrus. My parents have an orange tree in their backyard, and they gave me a bag of oranges. I’ve been eating oranges and tangerines non stop all winter and wanted a sweet way to enjoy oranges, like a french lemon tart.

Orange Tart - A Citrus Tart Upgraded with Oranges

When I made this tart, the combination of the butter and orange in the curd makes it really taste like a grown-up orange creamsicle!

Orange Tart - A Citrus Tart Upgraded with Oranges

how to make orange curd for an orange tart

To make this orange tart, you need to make a tart shell and then make curd, and then you’ll place the tart in the fridge to cool. The full recipe with proportions for this orange curd tart is in the recipe card below, but here are the steps you’ll follow:

Make the tart shell. Cut butter into flour and sugar mixture, either by hand or in a food processor. work in the egg and vanilla extract, and press with your fingers until butter is the size of peas mixed into the flour/sugar, and the whole mixture sticks together easily. Wrap in plastic wrap and form into a disc. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 350F. Blind bake the shell: crumple parchment paper and fill to the top with dry beans, dry rice or pie weights, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool completely.

Make the orange curd. Prepare a water bath. In a heat-proof bowl on top of boiling water, whisk the orange zest, orange juice, eggs, and sugars for about 10-20 minutes until the mixture thickens and if you dip a spoon into it, and swipe the back of the spoon, the mixture stays separated. Remove the bowl from the water, and add in the cubes of butter in thirds and whisk until it’s combined. Let it cool slightly.

Finish the tart. Pour the orange curd into the tart shell, and then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours so the curd sets – preferable overnight.

Orange Tart - A Citrus Tart Upgraded with Oranges

Frequently asked questions

What flavor is the most prominent here?

  • This tart is very orange-y!

How do I store this and how long does it last?

  • Cover the tart with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. It will last for up to a week (there’s a lot of butter in the curd).

Where did you get the orange decoration on top?

  • I used some dried orange chips on top for decoration – but they’re totally decorative and not obligatory. i got them from milla, a confectionery here in LA.

Can I substitute another type of citrus?

  • Yes! Feel free to make this a blood orange tart, lemon tart, grapefruit tart, lime tart, whatever!

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Orange Tart

Mimi Newman
A citrus tart made with orange curd – like a lemon tart, but with orange!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 45 mins
Course Pies and Tarts
Cuisine California, French, Pastry, Seasonal Desserts
Servings 8 slices
Calories 407 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Tart Shell

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional

Citrus Curd

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2-3 oranges with both zest and juice)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions
 

  • Cut butter into flour and sugar mixture, either by hand or in a food processor. work in the egg and vanilla extract, and press with your fingers until butter is the size of peas mixed into the flour/sugar, and the whole mixture sticks together easily. Wrap in plastic wrap and form into a disc. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 350F. Blind bake the shell: crumple parchment paper and fill to the top with dry beans, dry rice or pie weights, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool completely.
  • Prepare a water bath. In a heat-proof bowl on top of boiling water, whisk the orange zest, orange juice, eggs, and sugars for about 10-20 minutes until the mixture thickens and if you dip a spoon into it, and swipe the back of the spoon, the mixture stays separated. Remove the bowl from the water, and add in the cubes of butter in thirds and whisk until it's combined. Let it cool slightly.
  • Pour the orange curd into the tart shell, and then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours so the curd sets – preferable overnight.

Notes

You can follow this recipe for the orange curd for any citrus you like! Lemon, lime, grapefruit, anything!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 372mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1165IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword french orange tart, orange curd tart, orange tart
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2 comments

    1. ahh sh~#! with the zest, orange juice and sugar all together. ty for feeedback — updated the recipe 🙂

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