It’s hard not to miss the piles of plump oranges, mandarins, pomelos and grapefruits at the market. It’s the season to enjoy citrus. Sliced, peeled or squeezed to enjoy fresh juice, these fruits are pretty perfect as they are. But if you’re looking for a little something different and a conversation starter for the brunch or breakfast table, then grapefruit brûlée is something to try. Sprinkled with brown sugar and use either the culinary torch or toss under the broiler in the oven, the sugar caramelizes on top from the heat then hides soothingly warm juicy grapefruit beneath.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
The recipe couldn’t be more simple, you only need two ingredients. Cut the grapefruit in half across the center. Preferably loosen the sections with a knife (it will be easier to eat later). Top each side of the grapefruit with a generous tablespoon of brown sugar. If you have a culinary torch, go for the brûlée as they do in Bon Appetit, otherwise put the grapefruit in a pie pan and place in the oven to broil for roughly five to seven minutes. Keep an eye on it as it will turn almost amber in color and the peel has a tendency to burn. Serve warm out of the oven.
As a variation, try adding fresh shaved ginger, or sprinkle with cinnamon before broiling, or even garnish the grapefruits with chopped mint before serving. It’s fun to be creative and try different options. Another food blog, Cookie and Kate, dished up a lovely version with a few additional ingredients; she added sea salt (or kosher salt), which could really enhance the flavor of the citrus. For brunch I served my new found wonder with plain yogurt drizzled with a bit of honey and topped with homemade walnut almond granola. I love plain yogurt drizzled with honey, it’s in fact a breakfast favorite. Sometimes I add blueberries, pomegranate seeds, or bananas; I love tasting different honey varieties and exploring yogurt brands along with trying different toppings mixed in. I enjoyed the broiled grapefruit best with regular nonfat plain yogurt (versus Greek yogurt which seemed too dense with the citrus) but see what suits your palate best (or what’s in the refrigerator). If honey isn’t your cup of tea, try topping yogurt with natural maple syrup. Neither are really necessary with this dish, the grapefruit is sweet on it’s own and extra sweet from the sugar, honey or maple syrup are an added touch. You can also turn the grapefruit brûlée into dessert, plate it with a scoop of frozen yogurt and it becomes something sweet to enjoy in the evening.
Two ingredients and so easy to prepare, it’s a fun twist to try, and topped with yogurt, it becomes a delicious way to start the morning. Light and tasty additions to a brunch menu, pull up a chair, hope you’ll join me for a bite!