Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd

with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

I love making preserves of all kinds and regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know that I share recipes for jam, marmalade, pickles, chutney, relish and curds regularly. One of my most popular recipes, both with my readers and with my family (and me!) is my mum’s recipe for Lemon Curd, as well as my own recipe for St Clement’s Curd, which is made with oranges and lemons. However, whilst making a batch of orange curd recently, I glanced on the kitchen table where some lovely Godiva chocolates were sitting (which had been sent to me in order to create a dessert recipe for a Chocolate Dessert competition), and I started to wonder, why not a CHOCOLATE and orange curd?  After all, one of my favourite chocolates is the famous Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and I think that the combination of chocolate and orange is a marriage made in chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd

So, the experiment started; as soon as my orange curd was finished and before cooling, I added some grated chocolate to the curd and mixed it well, until it has melted. I allowed it to cool and tasted it, not bad at all, tangy with oranges and lovely and chocolatey too. But, it wasn’t quite right, as the orange curd was made before I decided to add chocolate……so, two more experiments ensued with the final version being made with Godiva chocolate “pearls” and Clementine oranges. Et Voila, a perfect, creamy, rich and indulgent spread with the aromatic and pronounced taste of the Clementine oranges as well as the silky smooth taste of the Godiva chocolate, it was utterly sublime.

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd

I served it with fresh mini brioche buns and between the two of us, Malcolm and I ate over half of the pot in what can only be described as a feeding frenzy! My curiosity was piqued by this new invention of mine, so I decided to check on Google if this was a known recipe already – there were three or four recipes that were similar, but not many, so it appears that this is a pretty unique recipe and I am super pleased with the results. So, how do you serve this decadent spread then? Well, we enjoyed it with brioche, as I have said (and as you can see from my photos), but this unctuous curd would also be brilliant with pancakes, waffles, toast, croissants, crisp-breads, scones, as a dip for fresh fruit and as cake frosting. It would also make a divine topping for muffins and brownies, as well as the “jam” element for a wicked chocolate trifle, which I will be test driving soon.

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

So, it is with great pleasure and with much licking of chocolate coated fingers that I bring you my recipe for Chocolate Orange Curd, or Chocolate Clementine Curd as this one is. I am going to try this with a drop of booze next time too, such as Grand Marnier or Cognac, and I will of course report back with my tasting notes! I hope some of you will have been inspired to make this after reading my post and seeing the photos;  it really is very easy and the results are truly delectable, plus a pot of this would make a heavenly gift for someone.   Have a wonderful weekend, see you soon with more recipes, Karen 

Godiva Mini Easter Eggs

Godiva Mini Easter Eggs

Disclaimer: I received some Godiva chocolate products to use in the creation of a chocolate dessert.

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd

Serves 1 x 450g jar of Chocolate Orange Curd
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Condiment, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delectable chocolate orange curd that can be made with Clementines, tangerines or normal oranges. Spread this on toast, croissants, brioche, pancakes or waffles. Also makes wonderful cake frosting.

Ingredients

  • 100g dark chocolate, grated or use chocolate chips (I used Godiva Dark Chocolate Pearls)
  • 4 large egg yolks (keep the egg whites for meringues etc)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • sea salt, pinch of (I used Malden sea salt flakes)
  • grated zest from 3 small Clementines (or tangerines, or zest from 1 large orange)
  • 90 to 100mls Clementine juice (or tangerine/orange juice)
  • 50g softened butter

Note

A delectable chocolate orange curd that can be made with Clementines, tangerines or normal oranges. Spread this on toast, croissants, brioche, pancakes or waffles. Also makes wonderful cake frosting.

Directions

Step 1 Put the egg yolks, sugar, salt, orange zest, juice and butter into a pan that will sit over another pan of hot water - or in a bain marie.
Step 2 Heat the mixture over a gentle heat making sure it doesn't boil, stirring it all the time, until it is a glossy, thick coating sauce consistency. Take of the heat and pan of water immediately.
Step 3 Add the grated chocolate or chocolate chips and stir into the curd mixture until it has melted and has amalgamated. You should have a smooth and silky looking mixture.
Step 4 Pour the curd into a clean and sterile jar and allow to cool before covering with a wax disc and cellophane cap, or a clean lid.
Step 5 Allow to cool completely and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Step 6 Serve with toast, bread, pancakes, waffles, ice cream, as a cake frosting, with fresh fruit dippers or use in baking and cooking.
Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

For an excellent iBook on making curds, I recommend this book  by Vivien Lloyd:

Fruit Curds – Make and Bake
Vivien Lloyd

Vivien Lloyd First Preserves - Curd

Comments

  1. says

    Karen, this sounds (and looks) fantastic. I’m a bit of a Nutella fan but could very very easily abandon it in favour of your chocolate orange curd. I love how you have served it with brioche buns too. Yum.

  2. says

    Oh my this sounds fabulous Karen. You may remember I don’t like orange and chocolate together, so I can’t wait to try this out with limes instead! Vohn x

  3. says

    I am amazed that this is not already a food trend. I’m sure that it soon will be. I can’t wait for the trifle recipe. I often use curd in trifle, since I do not like jelly, and it works really well. I’m sure yours will be amazing.

    • says

      Thanks Mel! I made a brioche bread and butter pudding today with some of this curd, with marmalade, and it was DELICIOUS! On to the trifle next, and like you, I never have jelly in my trifles!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness. This looks utterly sublime. (Sadly) my husband doesn’t like orange so I would have to eat the entire jar myself.

  5. says

    What a wonderful invention Karen! I can only admire your self restraint in stopping at half the jar – I think I’d have polished off the lot, especially on brioche buns, how perfect!

  6. says

    Fabulous recipe Karen and fabulous photos too. And to think you got there before me!!!!! I bought a jar of clementine chocolate spread at a farmer’s market once and have been meaning to have a go at making some myself ever since. I do rather like your idea of doing it with curd though :)

    • says

      Did you manage to see what the ingredients were in that jar Choclette? I would be interested to see if it is a curd (egg) based spread!

  7. says

    I would never have thought of adding chocolate to curd, but sounds wonderful. Bet it’s delicious as a sandwiched cake filling!

  8. says

    I’m always surprised by how well chocolate and orange flavours work together – but, of course, they really do. I love the idea of this curd with some brioche or pancakes (it’s that time, after all) but I really quite fancy a little dollop with some ice cream right now for some reason.

  9. Susan Elaine Carter says

    Tweeted, pinned, g+ this recipe as I really want to be able to access it easily(and I’ve got a memory like a sieve) …sounds salivatingly fabulous. Thanks :-))

  10. marianne croft says

    I made this yesterday and Oh my God it was lush! I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make. I keep 5 chickens in the back garden but my best laying ladies are bantam Orpington’s. The yolks are still quite a decent size so I used 5 yolks. The curd was fab so I think I got it right. Expecting to mess it up I used the top brand dark chocolate at Lidl 75P for 100g, I can’t believe I’ll improve on the taste but will make the next batch with better quality chocolate. With four children I see this as being a regular make.

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