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A sweet way to preserve the tangy goodness of passionfruit pulp.
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Passionfruit pulp: is there anything that smells so wonderful, looks so exotic and conjures up so many recipe ideas?

Nana Ling has quite a few lovely recipes jotted down in her notebooks, including this simple passionfruit curd recipe. 

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Growing Passionfruit

When we moved to Maitland in January this year, a gorgeous passionfruit vine was the star of a small vege patch the previous owners had set up.

I’ve put a little work into expanding the vege patch, but the passionfruit vine still wants to be the star. It’s gone absolutely gangbusters in the last month or so!

passionfruit flower

A simple and versatile passionfruit recipe

As I’m watching the passionfruits growing on our backyard vine, and there’s easily 100 out there, I’m thinking about how I’ll make sure I don’t waste even one. 

Passionfruit pulp spread generously over a pavlova is one of my favourite ways to enjoy this colourful, tangy fruit. However, there are only so many pavs one can eat!

So, back to the question of what to do with this avalanche of passionfruit. There are plenty of ways to find recipe ideas these days, but instead of turning to Google first, like I do with many things these days, I turn to Nana Ling.

And, like most times, Nana Ling has plenty of answers. I found several passionfruit recipes and the first that jumped out at me was this easy passionfruit curd – sometimes known as passionfruit cheese or passionfruit butter. 

passionfruit on vine

Turning surplus passions into a treat you can enjoy for weeks

They key to making passionfruit curd is to continue stirring over low heat, not letting the mixture boil at any point.

You’ll spend only 10 minutes at the stove and the entire process should take less than half an hour.

Once you’ve made your curd, jarred it and chilled for at least an hour, the options are endless:

  1. Buy a tart case from the supermarket to create a passionfruit curd tart
  2. Spread it on pancakes, crepes or scones
  3. Use it to sandwich a sponge or macrons together
  4. Dollop it on ice-cream
  5. Eat it straight from the jar.

Nana Ling’s Passionfruit Curd recipe

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passionfruit curd recipe
passionfruit curd

Passionfruit Curd

A sweet way to preserve the tangy goodness of passionfruit pulp.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: passionfruit curd
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 139kcal


  • 8 passionfruits
  • 225 grams caster sugar
  • 60 grams butter
  • 2 eggs


  • Combine passionfruit pulp and all other ingredients in a saucepan. Stir well to combine.
  • Place saucepan on law to medium heat and stir until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Replace spoon with a whisk and continue to stir with the whisk until mixture thickens to a cake batter-like consistency. The whole process should take about 10 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a sterilised jar and place into fridge.



Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Jan Gray

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Thanks Libby, When I scrolled further down I saw the amount. Thanks for the recipe! Jan

Jan Gray

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Could you possibly give an approximate amount of passion fruit? Our fruit vary from a tablespoon to a teaspoon in each one. Thanks Jan


Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Oh my!! It looks amazing, will definitely try out this recipe. Can I replace the fresh passion fruits with the canned one and if so, how many? It's very hard to find passion fruit in my area.


Thursday 6th of February 2020

Hi Maureen. You can replace fresh passionfruit pulp with tinned passionfruit. You'll need about 1 cup of pulp for this recipe. Passion fruit grows so well where I live, wish I could send you some!! Good luck :) Libby

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