Creamy Orange Curd - a perfect topping for French Crêpes!

A deliciously creamy orange curd recipe, a perfect topping for crêpes or pancakes for any celebration, including pancake day.

creamy orange curd best topping on pancakes or crepes
There’s no hiding that the French enjoy crêpes or thin pancakes at any time of year.  But most of all, we all love when there’s a foodie celebration, right?

orange curd for crepes

French Crêpes Times in February

Just as we’re finishing the season of Galettes des Rois in January (it’s meant to be for Epiphany but galettes continue right to the end of January in Paris), the next French gourmet festival is crêpes in February! We first enjoy crêpes for La Chandeleur (Candlemass) beginning February.  And if we’re not getting enough crêpes then, there’s Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday later in February!

French Crêpe Fillings

Our family loves just a simple sprinkling of sugar on them and a squeeze of lemon – or oranges. Oranges have this instant pick-me-up effect in the winter.  It’s not just their warm comforting glow as you pierce a fingernail into its peel and tiny pores create miniature concentrated fountains that perfume the room. For me, they’re a cheery reminder of walking home from school on a wild and wet Scottish winter afternoon.  To encourage us to walk up that hill, Mum’s words always did it with, “Come on, as soon as we get home we’ll have oranges by the fire”.

And so we feasted on oranges. By the fire.

Orange crepe recipe in Teatime in Paris

Orange Crêpe Recipe in my book, “Teatime in Paris”

A real feast is oranges with crêpes. The French do it so well with their boozy Crêpes Suzette but at breakfast I love making simple orange crêpes from “Teatime in Paris“. If you’re enjoying plain classic crêpes then add a wonderful orange boost with this deliciously creamy orange curd.  Imagine it also on fluffy brioche, on toast, or on all sorts of chocolate puddings. What’s more, it’s an egg yolk recipe for all of you macaron lovers!

Orange Curd Recipe (Crème à l’orange)

Orange curd best topping for crepes or pancakes

The perfect accompaniment to French crêpes.

Orange curd best topping for crepes or pancakes

Orange Curd Filling for Crêpes

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course : Condiments
Cuisine : French, British
Keyword : egg yolk recipes, orange curd, recipe for 3 egg yolks, french crêpe fillings
Servings : 2 jam jars
Calories : 161kcal


Delicious creamy orange curd, a perfect filling for French Crêpes or pancakes for Chandeleur, Mardi Gras or for any time of year.


  • 3 organic eggs
  • 3 organic egg yolks
  • 100 g (3.5oz) caster sugar (superfine)
  • 250 ml squeezed orange juice (from 2-3 oranges)
  • orange zest from one unwaxed orange
  • 125 g (4.5oz) butter, unsalted


  • In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs until well combined using a balloon whisk. Add the sugar and gently whisk in the orange juice and zest. Add the butter and set the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (bain marie), making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water (important, easy tip - otherwise it risks curd-ling).
  • As soon as the butter melts, gently whisk the mixture continuously for 20-25 minutes. Don't worry if it's not thickening at first. It will start to thicken naturally after about 12 minutes.
    The orange curd should be the consistency of custard. The curd will also continue to thicken in the jars. If you prefer curd without the zest in, sieve out the zest at this point.
  • Pour the orange curd into squeaky clean, sterilised jars and seal straight away.
  • Once completely cool, store in the fridge and enjoy within 2 months.


160 calories for 2 generous portions.

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8 responses to “Creamy Orange Curd – a perfect topping for French Crêpes!”

  1. Still having trouble printing out any of your recipes online. I bought your book and it’s great, but I like to print out the Yolk recipes to go with it.

    • Thanks so much for alerting us to the problem, Suzanne. I’ll contact my web guru, Cédric, to fix it. Glad you like the recipes!

  2. Lots of good reasons to make crepes (which I much prefer over ordinary pancakes!). And with orange curd? Sign me up.
    P.S. Had to giggle at the girls howling at each other!

    • Isn’t it funny how the grass is greener Liz? There are times I’m the only one in my family who would prefer the thick American pancakes at breakfast with bacon and orange! My family is so French. But slapping on this curd makes up for it.

  3. You know, I’ve never had orange curd! I don’t like lemon curd, but the orange seems more appealing to me. I have the most gorgeous oranges on my tree, and never throw away the peel as it’s just too precious! I just may try this, Jill.

    Oranges by the fire sounds good to me, too! We’ve got the fireplace ready to go as we’re actually expecting a storm tomorrow! Yippee!

    • Isn’t that funny. Neither had I tasted orange curd and just fancied trying it. I love lemon curd but somehow prefer the orange version in the morning. It’s still citrus without being too harsh on the palate first thing at breakfast! I hope you do make it – you’re so lucky to have oranges on your trees at home, Christina!

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