Amanda ‘Masterchef’ Saab’s Blood Orange Curd Tart

By Amanda Saab



Tart Crust
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Blood Orange Curd
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup blood orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Tart Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray 9 inch tart round with non stick spray
  3. In a bowl, mix together melted butter, flour, sugar, salt and vanilla extract until a dough forms.
  4. Press the dough into the tart pan and use a measuring cup to help push the dough into the sides of the pan.
  5. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 30 min.
  6. Once cooled, prick with a fork all over the surface of the crust.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Blood Orange Curd
  1. In a stand mixture, combine butter and sugar, until light and airy. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  2. Mix in the blood orange juice, lemon juice, zest and salt.
  3. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottom sauce pan and heat on med-low heat stirring constantly for 10-12 min.
  4. Once the curd is thickened, remove from heat and allow it to cool at room temperature.
Whipped Topping
  1. Use an electric mixture to mix the heavy cream and lemon zest until thick and fluffy
  1. Pour the blood orange curd into the cooled tart crust. Spread evenly
  2. Allow the curd to set in the crust for 10 min in the refrigerator.
  3. Top with whipping topping and enjoy :)
amandasaab_arbrpictures-13Amanda Saab became a household name for American Muslims across the country after appearing on America’s version of Masterchef – a hugely popular reality cooking show hosted by none other than Britain’s well known celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsey.

Although Amanda, a social worker from Seattle, didn’t quite achieve the feat of winning the coveted title, she did take her first steps towards achieving her aim of teaching people more about Muslim American culture.

Originally from Dearborn, Amanda describes the type of food she likes to make as “Mediterranean modern cuisine”.

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