Beautiful Broiled Grapefruit

Beautiful Broiled Grapefruit
When you think of classy desserts, I bet that your mind doesn’t jump right to “grapefruit.”  I remember, as a kid, being confused when I first tasted a grapefruit.  I was expecting it to taste like grapes, and, instead . . . WHAMMOOOO . . . I got a punch in the mouth of SOUR.  Bleck.
But, like so many other “nasty” foods from childhood . . . grapefruits tend to grow on us as we get older.  Now, grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits.  Not only is it delicious and citrusy, but it’s loaded with vitamins.  Goodness.  It’s a win win.
Now . . . what if you could make this gorgeous, healthy fruit into a show-stopping dessert, or just a fantastic, healthy indulgence for one.
What are we waiting for?  Let’s do this!
This dessert is so simple, that you don’t even need a recipe.  I’ll just show you how to make it.  Two ingredients.  How great is that?
First, obviously, you need a grapefruit.  If you want a more crisp, citrus taste, go for white grapefruit.  If you want a sweet, delicious beauty, go for pink.  Personally, pink is my favorite, but this “recipe” is sweet, so you can definitely do white, also.
Oooh . . . it’s going to be so good.  I’m getting excited!
Now, you need about 1/2 tsp. of white sugar for each side of the grapefruit.  Sprinkle the sugar lightly over the sides of the fruit and shake off the excess so that you have a nice, thin layer.
Now, it starts to get fun. Remember the butane torch we used to make Crème Brûlée the other day?  Well . . . time that investment works double time for you.  Oh– there are just so many fun things you can do with a professional blowtorch (No.  Torching things and telling your husband you’re NOT MAD!!! is not one of them).  We are basically going to broil the top of the grapefruit, and the fruit juices and the sugar carmelize into this amazing, candied top.  The fruit is delicious, and the sugar makes a sweet, crisp crust.
You want to go slowly so you don’t burn the fruit, too much.  A few dark spots are OK– but you mainly want that light brown, crispy sugar.  After your grapefruit is completely finished on top, let it rest, for a minute or so, so you don’t burn your tongue when you try to eat it.
Then, it’s the easiest and best part yet.  Break out a fork and dig in!
You’re carmelizing sugar.  You’re eating tons of vitamin C.  You’re loving grapefruit.
You’re awesome.  And I’m just so proud of you.

 


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