Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfait ~ ~ Savory Simpleclementine curd cheesecake parfait

I just returned home from a lovely five day family reunion at Disney World in Florida. I am completely exhausted but it was so much fun! On the first day we took a side trip to Universal Studios so I could visit Harry Potter World and it was pretty much the best thing ever. I’m still daydreaming about the butterbeer (think root beer floats with a rich buttery aftertaste). Forgive me if this post is short and sweet but I really want to share this recipe with you. I have a feeling that the next few days will be quite busy as I catch up on work and get back to real life!

Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfait ~ ~ Savory Simple

Back in August I made a blueberry passion fruit cheesecake parfait for Marcus Sammuelsson’s website and I’ve been daydreaming about it ever since. Recently I had a large bag of clementines on hand so I decided to make the recipe again with a few modifications- clementines instead of passion fruit and no blueberries. I garnished the dessert with candied clementine peel which is optional. This is a no-bake dessert that can be easily made in advance so it’s perfect for entertaining or a special occasion.

Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfait
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed clementine juice (approximately 10 clementines)
  • optional: 1-2 drops orange food coloring
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon clementine zest
  • 1½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • splash vanilla
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk egg, egg yolks and sugar together until smooth. Whisk the corn starch together with a bit of clementine juice to create a slurry. Whisk the rest of the juice and the slurry into the egg mixture. Add the lemon juice and food coloring if using. Continue to whisk over medium heat until thick, 10-15 minutes. Aim for the consistency of pudding. Make sure the whisk hits the bottom of the pot to keep the bottom from burning- this is less likely to happen if you use a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Over low-heat, slowly whisk in the pieces of room temperature butter.
  2. Move the curd to a bowl, press plastic wrap against the top (to prevent a skin from forming) and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and clementine zest. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream and cream cheese until they're incorporated. Add the sugar and vanilla and then turn the speed up to high and allow the mixture to reach a stiff peak.
  5. In a decorative glass of your choice, layer the three components: start with the graham cracker crumbs, followed by the cheesecake filling, followed by the curd. Take care with each layer to make sure it looks relatively level and even, though it doesn't need to be perfect.
  6. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.


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  • Liren

    Welcome home, Jen, it sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family, I’m so glad. This parfait is such a head turner, my goodness! Gorgeous color in those layers!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Liren! We had an awesome time though my feet are currently disputing this.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    All I want now is clementine curd! Gorgeous!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    So jealous of your trip!

    Oh and this parfait is just gorgeous! I have a ton of clementines lingering in the fridge so you know I’ll have to make these soon!

    • Jennifer Farley

      It was fun times!

  • daisy

    What a lovely parfait! Very versatile! I can imagine so many flavor combinations that would work.


  • Kathryn

    This is really stunning!

  • Little Kitchie

    This looks gorgeous and delicious! So jealous you got to visit the Harry Potter world! Maybe a recipe for butterbeer coming up soon…? :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I could try but I don’t know if my version would be as awesome!

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I love clementines so much I’m not sure I could bear to juice them! But I probably could. Because um… cheesecake.

    • Jennifer Farley


  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

    That is one gorgeous dessert, Jen!! WOW.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Kristy :)

  • Valerie

    So glad your clementine curd turned out so beautifully – this parfait looks amazing! (Although I have to admit, you have me craving butterbeer!) ;)

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    WOW! This is stunning. I love citrus curds and the color in this one is so pretty!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    I saw some of your disney pics and I’m even more excited for May now! This dessert looks fantastic!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I am Disney’d out for quite some time so it’s probably best that I couldn’t get to FBF this year. But you will have an awesome time!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    This. Sounds. SO. GOOD. I want!

  • Nathan Copeland

    This recipe sounds delicious! I can’t wait till my families clementines come into season this winter so that I can make it!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Wow, I can only imagine how good this would be with home grown clementines!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick

    These are absolutely beautiful Jen! I love clementines but have never made curd. These look so refreshing and delicious.

    So jealous of Harry Potter world!! I have to make it there eventually!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      If you love Harry Potter it’s a must! I swear I was more excited than half the kids there.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I love lemon curd but this!! This can be my new obsession! Clementine curd – yep, it needs to happen! Love the pictures, Jen!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Anna!

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    This looks so amazing! I have just been working on some orange curd but I love the idea of clementines!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Curd is my favorite. I’m always trying to figure out what other fruits I can make into curd!

  • Emily

    Oh wow, that looks delicious. I’ve also never made curd, and think maybe this would be a good place to start.

    (If I can keep myself from eating all the graham crackers first. No promises.)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I would be happy to show you. I already promised Pam so we can have curd day. The whole process takes around 15 minutes.

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    The trip sounds great, and the clementine parfaits look gorgeous.
    I’m always looking for ways to use the citrus that overwhelms me during Band Fruit Fundraiser season, so I’ve saved this for that.


  • Monet

    I’m so happy to hear you had such a wonderful trip. And what a great recipe to come back with :-) I love the citrus flavor here. Thank you for sharing. A lovely post to go along with my latte and cinnamon raisin bread. I hope you have a beautiful week!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Have a wonderful week, Monet!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    This looks mind-blowing delicious. The parfaits are so pretty!

  • Tracey

    Welcome home, sounds like your trip was fantastic! I’m still itching to get over to Universal and check out Harry Potter. Love the color of the curd in your parfaits, it’s beautiful!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Wow – this looks so beautiful!!! Love that orange color!

    So glad that you had a great time on your trip!

  • Wendy

    That top photo really made me stop and say, “Oh my goodness!” Its beautiful and the idea of clemetine curd is luscious! I am so excited to try making this. Thank you!

  • Laura Dembowski

    This is such a lovely and fancy dessert that would impress anyone. I didn’t expect the curd to be such a bright color – beautiful! Glad to hear your trip was fun :)

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    Jen, this is beautiful! The clementine curd sounds so delicious!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    This is gorgeous! I love parfaits. This one would certainly be a crowd pleaser.

  • Laura

    Yum. Love this, the graham crackers especially.

    Hey meant to tel you: I bought songs by grizzly bear, travis, boy (was that one a rec from you? can’t remember now! I visit itunes too often lol) and I bought 2 songs by rilo kiley–they made the most impression on me. I love that itunes has changed their policy so the cost of an album reduces as you buy more songs from it. In other words, if I like them enough I will go back for more. :) I am a serious music freak but I have never come up with a good way to incorporate it into my blog (except for sharing photos of seeing U2 live lol). Kudos to you.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Boy was not a recommendation from me but the others are. I’m so glad you liked the songs! Rilo Kiley is one of my favorite bands. Didn’t love their most recent album as much but their older albums are all addicting.

  • Stephanie

    I’m so jealous – I want to try butterbeer! Sounds like a fun trip and this is one delicious looking dessert.

  • Anne @The Cooking Campaign

    This looks INCREDIBLE! Looks like the perfect spring/summer dessert!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Jen – stunning. The recipe, the idea, the photography, the color of the food. Every element all works so beautifully!

  • Carolyn

    That colour is just stunning, Jen! The parfaits are so lovely and your photos are wonderful.

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen

    Just beautiful!! And I bet it tastes just as amazing :)

  • Giovanna

    Beautiful and delicious!! Perfect ;)

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    This looks wonderful! I’ve never had clementine curd but I know I will like it!

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance\

    YUM!! You see lemon curd everywhere, but never clementine curd. This is a must!

  • ashley – baker by nature

    Wow, Jen! This is super lovely!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits

    How gorgeous are those photos? I want to print them out and hang them on my wall.

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    I need to go get a spoon!!! Any of this deliciousness still hanging around???

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    YUM!! This looks soooo good.

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    What a gorgeous dessert! I always buy those big cases of clementines and then it’s a struggle to eat the last dozen because we’re so burned out on them. Next time I’m going to have to make some curd!

  • Kiran @

    Stunning parfait! Perfect for spring :)

  • Jen @ Jen’s Favorite Cookies

    Clementine curd? YUM! This looks so delicious! I definitely need to try it!