It’s the most citrus time of the year! Oranges, tangerines and grapefruit everywhere. Schools all over are asking the kids to sell the big boxes of citrus fruits. I am actually glad to see that the box of chocolates and wrapping paper are no longer the normal. So, we gladly purchased a couple of boxes to help out local schools and to enjoy some fresh fruits that we are supposed to be eating anyway. Citrus fruits contain minerals, vitamins and fiber. There is considerable evidence that citrus foods may help reduce the risk, or retard the progression, of several serious diseases and disorders such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, hypertension, cancer and anemia.
Here is a way to enjoy your grapefruits with a little twist.
You can have this for breakfast, but they can be served as dessert. I wish I could say that I came up with this recipe, but it has been around for quite sometime. I like to add grill marks to the grapefruits before topping them with brown sugar just for the “wow” effect. You can also play with different flavors by adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger to the sugar or by adding liquor such as Gran Marnier, rum or vodka.
- 2 large red grapefruits, at room temperature
- 8 teaspoons liquor of choice (optional)
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
- 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
Preheat the broiler to high. Halve each grapefruit, and then loosen the segments by cutting all along the membranes with a knife. Brush rum evenly over each half. In a separate container, mix the butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pinch the ingredients together with a fork. The texture should resemble soft crumbs. Place grapefruits on a hot grille to create the marks. Once you have grille marks, dust them with the crumbs evenly. Place grapefruits on a cookie sheet, and broil until the crumbs are lightly browned, bubbling, and shiny.