Bruléed Grapefruit

10 Jan

Eating a bruléed grapefruit is pretty much life-changing.  I’m not sure you will be able to go back to eating grapefruit plain again.  And you will wonder what you’ve been doing all your life before this.  It’s that good, I swear.

Here are the steps to finding eternal happiness:

1.  Slice a grapefruit in half (I assume that didn’t need a picture demonstration?):

2.  Run your knife all the way around the edge of the fruit to help loosen the sections (doing this beforehand makes it much easier to eat later!):

3.  …And cut between the sections:

4. Then, and this is key, you must slightly dry the grapefruit halves.  Gently squeeze out some of the juice (save it to drink!) and then lay the grapefruit halves cut-side down on a paper towel to soak up even more of the juice, for about 5 minutes.  If you skip this step, the sugar will dissolve too quickly and you won’t be able to get a crunchy brulée.  And I’m speaking from experience.  So make sure to do this step!

5.  Top with brown sugar.  Or white sugar.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you want to get really wild.

6.  Use a culinary torch to brulée the top – using a smooth back and forth motion – until the sugar is melted, bubbling and golden brown.  Alternatively, you can put the grapefruit halves on a rimmed baking sheet and place under the broiler, about 5-8 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning.

7.  Crack the hard candy shell…………..

8.   Take a bite.  Bask in the caramelly, crunchy goodness and the fact that your life will never be the same…. and that I may be insane.

Fruit has never tasted so good.

One Response to “Bruléed Grapefruit”

  1. Lindsay January 10, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I have 2 grapefruits sitting on my counter and I will be trying this sometime this week! (And learning to use my broiler!)

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