Friday, March 25, 2011

Grapefruit Crème Brûlée

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Now that Spring is here and the weather is going to be warming up (fingers crossed!), my cooking and cravings always change with the season.  With warmer weather and tulips beginning to sprout, it's time to get away from the heavy dishes we've eaten all winter and embrace fresh fruits, vegetables, and lighter meal options.

This Grapefruit Crème Brûlée is a great casual after dinner dessert when you're looking for something light and sweet.  The concept of turning fruit into a dessert is always a great nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This dessert in particular, is a fun way of preparing and eating your typical grapefruit.  Sprinkle with some sugar and brown it under the broiler or with a blowtorch, and you have a warm sweetened grapefruit to enjoy!  My broiler doesn't work as well as others, so it was difficult to get the traditional hard candy like consistency Crème Brûlée is known for, but I hope you have better luck with it than I did!

Regardless, the flavor alone is worth making this quick and easy snack.  The warmth of the fruit with the light vanilla homemade whipped cream topping and subtle cinnamon seasoning is an excellent flavor combination. 
While grapefruit is always messy to eat, the juices and flavors blended together so well, creating a great after dinner treat!


Recipe Tips
  • Watch your grapefruit while broiling- it may darken quickly and you don't want it to burn
  • I sliced the individual segments of the grapefruit with one half and not the other to compare and see if it made a difference.  Slicing made it easier to eat, but is not a totally necessary step if you want to skip it.  Grapefruit is generally messy to eat, and this is no different no matter how it's prepared.


Begin with preparing your whipped cream topping by measuring 1 cup of whipping cream:

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Add your cream and vanilla extract into the bowl of an electric mixer:

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Add your sugar:

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And mix on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes:

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Your mixture is ready when it reaches a thick whipped cream consistency:

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Meanwhile, slice your grapefruit in half, remove the seeds, and with a pairing knife cut the individual segments of the grapefruit:

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Sprinkle the top with sugar:


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Then broil your grapefruit, watching it carefully, until the top browns.  If you have a blowtorch, you can use that as well:

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Let your grapefruit cool for 5 minutes, then spoon a dollop of whipped cream in the center and add a dash of cinnamon:

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Grapefruit Crème Brûlée 
Serves: 4 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 5 minutes (time will vary based on your oven)
(Printable Recipe)


Ingredients
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 grapefruits
4 tablespoons sugar (1 tablespoon for each grapefruit half or more as desired)

Cinnamon


Directions
Begin with preparing your whipped cream topping by combining your cream, vanilla extract, and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.  Your mixture is ready when it reaches a thick whipped cream consistency. 

Meanwhile, slice your grapefruit in half, remove the seeds, and with a pairing knife cut the individual segments of the grapefruit.  Sprinkle the top of each grapefruit half with one tablespoon of sugar.  Then broil your grapefruit, watching it carefully, until the top browns.  If you have a blowtorch, you can use that as well.

Let your grapefruit cool for 5 minutes, then spoon a dollop of whipped cream in the center and add a dash of cinnamon.

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20 comments:

  1. this is awesome. Its so clever and simple. I used to eat grapefruit when i was little with one of those crazy grapefruit spoons at my Bachans (grandma in Japanese)this instantly brought me back there and made me smile.

    beautiful!

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  2. This looks amazing and like something I would eat far too much of, which means I should make it ASAP :)

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  3. I can't wait to try this. I am going to do a little mascarpone topping.

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  4. Oh my, I just love this idea! I love grapefruit and this is so light and lovely. Great job!

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  5. I love grapefruit and this looks absolutely delicious! A "must try" for me. Thanks for posting!

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  6. How do you have time to take beautiful, perfect pictures while you are in the process? I am truly jealous. I have never broiled grapefruit, but I can see now how it would be delicious!

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  7. Ooh yum! I have a bunch of grapefruits in my fridge right now and one has got to be devoted to this. Perfect- I even have the torch!

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  8. Wow! This sounds incredible!
    I'd love to use my blowtorch on some grapefruits. :)

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  9. Dreamy! My parents have two grapefruit trees in their backyard in Arizona and we have a giant bag that they just sent us. I am so looking forward to trying these!!

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  10. What a lovely summery dessert for a casual evening with friends.
    :-) Mandy

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  11. What a beautiful recipe! This looks so tasty and perfect for the spring!

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  12. The grapefruit looks amazing! Can't wait to try this!!!

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  13. AMAZING idea! Love it, love it, love it! :) And so great for the summer!

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  14. Such an interesting dessert! I would never have thought to use grapefruit in such a fashion! Very cool ...

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  15. My grapefruit tree has been overwhelming us with fruit this year... This is a wonderful idea on so many levels.

    I love creme brulee and this seems a much better guilty pleasure!

    Thanks so much!

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  16. What a great dessert! Simple, crisp from the grapefruit, and rich from the creme! I love it!

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