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Following my previous breakfasty post, I present to you the grilled pink grapefruit. Sprinkled with brown sugar and placed under a hot grill, this is an original and wonderfully impressive way to prepare the gorgeous fruit for breakfast or brunch.

If anything, they are quite a beautiful sight aren’t they? Grapefruit is a love it or hate it thing. I am on the love-it side, and that includes the plain old sour and bitter yellow ones. And I wouldn’t dream of putting sugar on my grapefruit. Truth be told the pink variety is slightly friendlier to the tastebuds as it’s a little sweeter. So when I saw these babies I couldn’t help but try them. And I’m very happy I did. The taste is very interesting. It’s not necessarily better than a fresh pink grapefruit cold from the fridge, it’s just different and equally enjoyable. If however I was looking to impress with a lovely breakfast or brunch spread, I would definitely opt for this version.

A word of warning. The brown, slightly caramelised sugar on top does not transform this into a sweet fruit. If you don’t like it fresh, don’t bother trying it grilled. It is still very much a grapefruit. You are, however, missing out on a great thing!

What amazed me most about this was the combination suggested in the original post (see below). Yogurt. Wow, grapefruit and yogurt. Now that is something I would never have thought to try. And yet it works! Sprinkle on some granola as well and there you have it. A gorgeously beautiful and tasty breakfast.


2 pink grapefruits, halved

4 Tbs brown granulated sugar

4 small pinches of salt

yogurt to serve

granola to serve (recipe here and here)

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If you like the idea you can try sprinkling on some cinnamon or ginger, or whatever catches your fancy at the time.

Step 1

Preheat your oven grill (broiler for my US friends). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Use a sharp knife to cut around the sides of the grapefruit halves, between the flesh and the skin. Be careful not the puncture the skin towards the bottom. Place the fruit on the baking tray, face up, and sprinkle each one with a tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.

Step 2

Grill the fruit for about 7-10 minutes, till the sugar slightly darkens in colour and the cut edges of the skin start to char. Let cool and serve with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of granola.

Grapefruit may have an adverse reaction to certain medicines (e.g. chemo drugs), so if you are undergoing any treatments please consult with your doctor before eating it. The recipe is from the blog Cookie + Kate.

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