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Blood Orange Bars Recipe

It’s this time of year that we start enjoying margaritas, particularly blood orange margaritas and meyer lemon margaritas. Aside from the fact that the holidays are over and our New Years celebrations have officially ended, we’re just beginning to relish in these wonderful co*cktails. Why? Whats the occasion? Well, it’s peak citrus season in our neck of the garden-woods, of course.

Though it’s freezing outside and we often wake up to frost on our roofs, all our citrus are still hanging on firm to their branches. When the sun peaks through the clouds in the middle of the day, the citrus get their daily sun bathing sessions to sweeten up their juices and develop their flavors. And what we have before us are bucket loads of blood oranges, mandarins, juicing tangerines, limes and lemons that need to be juiced. Yup, we’re super spoiled. That’s what geeky-gardeners like to do: grow almost 20 citrus trees to feast on during January.

Now that we’ve gloated about our crazy citrus trees, really, what do with a ton of blood oranges? The flavors of these blood red oranges are so perfectly tangy/sweet. The drippy juices are sexy and luscious, so the first thing that comes to mind is making a variation off our meyer lemon bars using they blood oranges. We’ll… to be honest, it was the second or third thought. There were a couple co*cktails which came to mind first. But back to the bars… The thought of making these bars with fresh blood orange juice sounded so wonderful and we were hoping that the results would go beyond our theory.

Fingers crossed, we were hoping this first batch would be the on the money because there’s nothing more sacrilegious than to waste 2 cups of fresh blood orange juice. This nectar is what the Greek Gods fought for! ( or at least something close to that mythology).

The results were incredible. What you see before you are some truly luscious, silky, delicious and amazing blood orange bars.

Make them.

Right Away.

If you can get your hand on a generous amount of blood oranges for juicing, this should be one of the first recipes you bake.

Valentines day is coming near and if you’re in a bind as to what to make for your sweetheart, these blood orange bars are perfect to show your love. Really, who needs chocolate? Well, ok, chocolate is a great offering. But mix it up a bit. Be daring, different and break some sweetheart rules and offer a platter of these lovely bars. Your love won’t be disappointed.

Next on the agenda is another variation on this curd for Valentines Day. Again, fingers crossed our next experiment will turn out equally wonderful. If not, we have some back up chocolate sauce to drizzle over what ever were making!

Happy January to you all.

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Blood Orange Bars w/ Brown Butter Crust

Yield: 12 3"x4" Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Cook Time: 45 minutes mins

Chill Time: 4 hours hrs

Total Time: 5 hours hrs

The recipe is enough to make the bars in a 1/4 sheet pan (9"x13") , however we know for most, blood oranges can be a bit expensive so a reduced recipe may be a better option. The recipe works perfect to halve it and make the bars in a 4"x14" tart pan (that is what was used in the photos) or made into individual tarts in 3" or 4" pans. Or you can always substitute in some tangerine juice for the blood orange juice. The color will pale more towards the orange side, but it will still be delicious. Promise. Also, make sure to taste the sweetness of the curd as you are making it. Blood oranges can vary quite a bit on their sweetness, so adjust the sugar quantities to your desired taste.

5 from 6 votes



Crust Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (225g) unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) Sugar
  • 3 cups (375g) Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3g) Kosher Salt

Blood Orange Curd Ingredients - makes @ 6 cups

  • 1/4 cup (40g) Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Kosher Salt
  • 12 Eggs , beaten
  • 4 Egg Yolks , beaten
  • zest of 6 Blood Oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups (600ml) Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/2 pound (225g or 2 sticks) cold, unsalted Butter , cut into 1/2" pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside a 9"x13" 1/4 sheet pan.

  • Make the crust. Put butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat. Continue cooking the butter until it develops an amber color and begins to smell a bit "toasted nut-like". Remove from heat and stir sugar into butter until mostly dissolved.

  • Put flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in butter and sugar and mix until completely incorporated (it will be a crumbly texture). Press mixture into the 1/4 sheet pan, working the dough up the sides of the pan and evenly across the bottom.

  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden.

  • While the crust bakes, make the curd. Whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and the salt in a bowl. Mix in the eggs, zest, and juice. Place bowl over a pot with gently boiling water (cook over a bain marie).

  • Cook over the bain marie, stirring frequently until the curd has thickened. Remove from heat and then, a few pieces at a time, stir in the butter until it is completely incorporated. Strain curd through a fine mesh strainer.

  • Pour the curd into the cooked crust as soon as you take it out of the oven. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes or until the filling has thickened. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  • Cut into desired pieces and serve chilled.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 629kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 310mg, Sodium: 362mg, Potassium: 214mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 1372IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 3mg

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Baking, Fruit, Garden Recipes, Gatherings & Parties

Calories: 629

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80 comments on “Luscious Blood Orange Bars with a Brown Butter Crust”

  1. Ashley B. February 1, 2021 @ 10:39 pm Reply

    I wanted to make this in my 10-inch tart pan. It only is about 1 inch deep. Would you suggest that I halve the filling part of the recipe?

    • February 3, 2021 @ 9:24 am Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      We haven’t made it in a 10″ tart pan yet, but halving it may leave you a little thin on the curd, which would still taste fine. You just wouldn’t have as much curd per bite. We’d be more inclined to either do 3/4 of the curd recipe or just make a whole batch, and save the extra for something else.

  2. Brandon June 25, 2020 @ 5:37 pm Reply

    I know I’m 7.5 years late to the party, but I just tried this recipe and it’s delish! I live in LA, and every year I get my blood oranges from Rick’s Seasonal Produce in East Hollywood. I like my blood oranges tart and tangy, which worked well for the curd. I’m thrilled blood orange season is lasting so much longer this year than it normally does!

    I’m completely new to baking, but I’ve started teaching myself basic techniques during my self-isolation. This was my first attempt at a curd, and I’m so proud of myself for nailing it, thanks in no small part to your clear instructions.

    My only not is that I tried a powdered sugar dusting like in your beautiful staged photos, but it sopped it up and got a little sweaty.

    Otherwise, perfection!Blood Orange Bars Recipe with Blood Orange Juice | White On Rice Coupl (11)

    • June 26, 2020 @ 11:59 am Reply

      Hi Brandon,
      So glad you nailed it & love it. We’re always a little on the fence about dusting with powdered sugar. Always looks so beautiful, yet lasts such a short time. For best serving, we’ll dust individual pieces just before serving.
      Happy baking.

    • June 28, 2020 @ 10:02 am Reply

      Hi Brandon, thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed the bars! We’re proud of you too for nailing the curd. 🙂 And thanks for mentioning Rick’s seasonal produce. We haven’t been there before and hope to make a visit sometime.

  3. Carmen June 21, 2019 @ 5:23 am Reply

    This was such a gorgeous dessert and a hit at my party. Will definitely be making it again. Blood Orange Bars Recipe with Blood Orange Juice | White On Rice Coupl (12)

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