Pumpkin Curd Recipe

Tea Travels!™… Pumpkin Curd Recipe

Recipe and photo by ©Ellen Easton 2013 – All Rights Reserved


Pumpkin Curd is a sweet, yet tart, velvety pumpkin spread that is heavenly on freshly baked scones, muffins, and tea breads.  This is a definite “must try.”

Everyone seems to know about the delicious lemon curd which is a British teatime favorite, but now you also can make Pumpkin Curd.  Curds are traditionally fruit based, but experimenting with flavors that complement your menu can bring an added texture to a menu.  This pumpkin curd recipe is delicious on scones or toast, may also be used as a tartlet filling.

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Pumpkin Curd



Pumpkin Curd Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Pumpkin Curd Recipe
Servings: 3 cups
  • 2 pounds fresh pumpkin, halved, seeded, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces OR 2 cups of canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • Grated zest (rind) and juice of 1 lime*
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks or cubes) unsalted butter, cut into cubes*
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. If using fresh pumpkin, place the prepared pumpkin pieces into a saucepan.  Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and let simmer until tender. Remove from heat and drain (reserving the liquid).  

  2. Puree the pumpkin solids in a blender, adding just enough of the reserved pumpkin liquid to allow the blades to run with ease.  NOTE: If using canned pumpkin puree, you can skip these steps.

  3. Using a garlic press, squeeze the ginger and reserve the juice.  Discard the ginger solids.

  4. In a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat, place the lime zest and juice, ginger juice, pumpkin puree, nutmeg, and sugar.  Stir until the sugar completely dissolves.  Remove from heat and strain the pumpkin mixture into a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan or double boiler of barely simmering water.  Add butter and stir until completely melted.

  5. Using a fine strainer, pour the beaten eggs through it and into the bowl with the pumpkin mixture.  Continue cooking, stirring often at the beginning and then continuously at the end, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, approximately 30 minutes.  Do not let it boil or the mixture will curdle.

  6. Remove from heat and pour the Pumpkin Curd mixture into warm sterilized glass preserving jars.  Seal and let cool.  The pumpkin curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

  7. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for one (1) week.

  8. Excellent on scones and toast, as well.

  9. Yields 3 cups.

Recipe Notes

*  Cold limes are much easier to grate.  Always grate your lime first, and then juice them.  Grate lemons just before using as the zest will lose moisture if it sits too long.

**  Use good quality butter.  Do not use butter substitutes.


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