orange tart

  • Author: mimi
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pies and Tarts
  • Method: Water bath, blind bake, chill
  • Cuisine: French, California, Pastry, Seasonal Desserts



Tart Shell           

  • 1¼ cups (180 g/6.3 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (55 g/2 oz) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick/115 g) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

 Orange Curd Filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (23 oranges for both zest and juice)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/115 g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Keywords: orange tart, orange curd tart, french orange tart