Grapefruit Curd Tart

May 13, 2017

Grapefruit curd tart

I recently conquered my dislike of grapefruit. I’ve never liked them because of how bitter they are. Why eat grapefruit when you can have sweet and tangy oranges? But with my honeymoon coming up this summer and wanting to be less fluffy (apparently, grapefruit helps increase your metabolism), I really wanted to like grapefruits. And because I actually enjoyed it when I had it for the first time in years, I’m making this grapefruit curd tart to celebrate. No surprise, I’m loving the tart just as much as the actual fruit. The crust was buttery, the grapefruit curd was creamy, and the grapefruit segments helped to keep it light and refreshing. Tristan went as far to say this might be his favorite tart I’ve made for him so far!

Grapefruit curd tart

First things first, get the tart crust going. I used David Lebovitz’s recipe and it worked out perfectly, although it did take a little longer to bake than the 15 minutes suggested.

Grapefruit curd tart

While waiting for the crust to bake, make the grapefruit curd. I like making citrus curd (and carrot curd!) using a double boiler so I don’t curdle it. However, tarts call for a larger quantity of curd so the double boiler method took way too long. Just use a regular pan and make sure to continue whisking.

Grapefruit curd tart

Once both the crust and grapefruit curd are cooled to room temperature, pour the curd into the tart shell and chill the whole thing in the fridge for about an hour or two.

Grapefruit curd tart

Meanwhile, segment the grapefruits. I used 3 grapefruits because I somehow thought I had an 8-inch tart pan instead of a 9-inch one, hence the empty patch in the center. Lay out the grapefruit segments however you like. I dusted some powdered sugar all over my grapefruit curd tart to hide my lack of segmenting skills as well as the empty patch.

Grapefruit curd tart

This grapefruit curd tart was absolutely delicious! The buttery crust had a nice crunch, the creamy grapefruit curd was perfectly sweet while keeping the tang and bitterness of the grapefruit. Tarts and pies tend to sit heavy but this was light and refreshing, making it quite the challenge to stop eating!

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Grapefruit Curd Tart

Yield: One 9-inch tart

Grapefruit Curd Tart


  • 1 recipe for a 9-inch tart crust
  • ¾ cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 grapefruits


  1. Blind bake the tart crust and set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, beat the unsalted butter, sugar, and salt until combined, then stir in the whole eggs and egg yolks one at a time. Add the grapefruit juice and zest and continue to mix.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a pot on medium heat. Keep whisking the mixture until it thickens.
  4. Pour the grapefruit curd into a clean bowl through a fine mesh sieve to remove any clumps that may have formed, as well as the zest.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and press the wrap onto the surface so the grapefruit curd doesn't form a film. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Pour the cooled grapefruit curd into the cooled tart crust, and chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
  7. While waiting for the tart to chill, segment the grapefruits.
  8. Once the tart is chilled, decoratively lay out the grapefruits on top.

I’m sharing this grapefruit curd tart with all the party people at Fiesta Friday, so come join us!

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  • Reply Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook May 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I am not a huge fan of grapefruit, but I think I would love it in a tart form. This looks beautiful, Ai. I bet it tastes delicious, too. 😀

    • Reply Ai May 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Jhuls! I just forced myself to eat the whole grapefruit and turns out I like it haha. Although, I really don’t like the skin. I like only the segments?

  • Reply Sarah May 15, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Yumm! Your grapefruit tart looks great 😀 It’s funny because I wanted to make one today. But I don’t think mine will turn out as beautiful as yours. Love that rose pattern 🙂

    • Reply Ai May 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! I’m sure your tart will turn out beautiful! All your dishes are presented gorgeously✨

  • Reply Angie May 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Bee-yoo-tiful, Ai!! Why don’t you just open a bakery already?! I’d be your first customer! 😀

    • Reply Ai May 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

      You’re too kind, Angie!! Would you come even if it’s in Japan? haha

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