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Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil

Fruit curds are typically made with butter, but this pumpkin curd is made with better-for-your-heart extra virgin olive oil.

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No cutesy halloweeny dessert treats this year from me. My house has minimal halloween decorations up, too. My poor kids are frantically figuring out their costumes on their own this year, as I told them I couldn’t help. To say that I am a little distracted is the understatement of the year.

My husband made it super easy for our coordinated costume this year. He’s going as a CDC worker in a “hazmat” suit and I’m going as the clipboard guy. (I’ll post pictures after halloween). To say that my costume is low maintenance shows you how pathetic I am this year!

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I do have a good excuse. Cookbook sales have been doing super well in the 70+ stores we are in right now. Every week we add more stores and the feedback we get from our retailers is fantastic. Their kind words give my failing ego a great boost. I might not be mom-0f-the-year for 2014, but my olive oil retailers love me.

More and more I am using less and less butter in my cooking. Extra virgin olive oil can be used in so many ways, especially in traditional “butter-only” recipes like scones and curd.

Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil by FamilySpice.com

Fruit curds are traditionally made with egg yolks and butter. You spread the silky cream over your biscuit or scones. You can also stir some in your yogurt or oatmeal. They make a wonderful filling for a tart, too.


This curd is all about fall, so I am featuring my Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil, NOT butter. Still silky and smooth. Still full of fall flavors. And no saturated fats.

I spooned some into my thumbprint cookies and they turned out fantastic! Of course, we ate them before I could photograph them. Bummer for you, so take my word on it. They were like mini pumpkin pies!

Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil by FamilySpice.com

And if you need some cutesy halloweeny treats you can check out my archives here or my Halloween Pinterest Board here.

I hope to make it up to my family during Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Well, there’s always NEXT Halloween.

Yield: 10 servings

Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil

Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil

Fruit curds are typically made with butter, but this pumpkin curd is made with better-for-your-heart extra virgin olive oil.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes


  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3 egg yolks


    1. Using a heavy saucepan over medium heat pour in olive oil.
    2. When oil is hot, whisk in sugar until dissolved.
    3. Stir in lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
    4. Stir in pumpkin purée until fully incorporated.
    5. Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time. Continue whisking constantly until curd thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not allow the mixture to boil or eggs will curdle.
    6. Remove curd from heat and transfer to a clean jar until cooled to room temperature.
    7. Refrigerate, covered, until the curd is completely chilled, about 4 hours.


Serving Suggestions: Serve as a spread for your toast or scone or use as a tart filling.
Cooking Tips: Curd will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Choose a mild flavored or lemon infused olive oil. As the eggs are cooked at low temperature, use pasteurized eggs to remove risk of salmonella poisoning.