Staying with the subject of citrus fruits I thought I would include this simple little recipe–which hardly needs a recipe at all to make, but maybe some of you have never given a thought to heating up or broiling grapefruit. When my children were small I would cut grapefruits in half, section them, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar, and place under the broiler until the sugar melted and became a little browned. Before serving I would place a whole maraschino cherry in the center. They loved it. We had it for breakfast, but who’s to say you couldn’t have it as a dessert as well.
My recipe today is very similar to that described above, with just a few more ingredients. These grapefruit halves are topped with a spiced brown sugar, caramelized under the broiler then topped with a dollop of vanilla infused whipped cream. It seems more appropriate as a dessert because of the cream on it; but there’s no right or wrong way to have it. What’s important is that you get as much citrus as you can into your diet while it’s so plentiful. It is one of the best sources of Vitamin C. and also a good source of Vitamin A.
These grapefruit were so juicy, and sweet. I used cardamom as the spice mixed with the brown sugar and it gave an interesting flavor to the grapefruit. I made enough of the cream/yogurt mixture to keep some in the refrigerator so that I can make these quickly whenever we want them. I think they would be great served for brunch, too.
BROWN SUGAR BROILED GRAPEFRUIT
- 2 red or pink grapefruit
- 8 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamom
- 2 teaspoons melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons nonfat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Position oven rack about 3 inches below the heat source; preheat broiler. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil.
2. Cut each grapefruit in half, then trim a thin slice off the bottom so it sits level. With a paring knife, or grapefruit knife, cut around each segment, remove any seeds. Place the grapefruit halves in the prepared pan. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon (or cardamom) in a small bowl. Brush each half with melted butter, then sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of the sugar mixture.
3. Broil the grapefruit, watching carefully and rotating the pan once halfway through, until the tops are bubbling and golden brown, 7 to 12 minutes.
4. Meanwhile beat the cream in a small bowl until stiff. Beat in yogurt, granulated sugar and vanilla just until combined. Serve each grapefruit topped with a heaping tablespoon of the vanilla cream.