Roasted citric fruits is a novel concept for me. I’ve been looking around and there are quite a few recipes in which you can try this. For example, chicken with roasted limes, it’s said that the flavor of the limes rises to whole new levels and I am eager to try some.
I wanted to choose a simple recipe for roasted citrus fruit so I could really get a taste of it, so when I was at the grocery store and eyed these red grapefruits, I knew it was just the thing to try this method with. It is perfect to serve for a fancy brunch, or as a light dessert following a heavy meal. You could serve it with vanilla ice cream, instead of yogurt and try the recipe out with regular oranges or blood oranges.
Oh wait, I didn’t tell you what they taste like! Of course, the added sugar makes these sweet and because we’re putting them under the broiler, the natural sugar in the fruit also caramelizes. You get a tender texture, with sweet-caramelized-citrus flavor. The added yogurt and honey are a must have when you try this. The combination is delicious.
Roasted Grapefruits with Honey and Yogurt
Recipe from Cookie and Kate
3 grapefruits (I used Ruby Red)
6 tablespoons raw sugar or brown sugar (you’ll need two tablespoons of sugar per grapefruit)
sprinkle ground ginger
sprinkle ground cinnamon
dash sea salt
Honey, for drizzling
- Preheat broiler. Make the bases of your grapefruit halves flat so they don’t wiggle around: slice off about 1/4-inch of the peel on the base end and the stem end of each grapefruit. Then slice each grapefruit in half, parallel to your initial cuts. Place the grapefruit halves face-down on paper towels for about five minutes to absorb excess moisture.
- In a small bowl, mix together the raw sugar or brown sugar (I used a mixture of both) with a sprinkle of ginger and cinnamon and a dash of salt. On a rimmed baking sheet or a 13×9-inch glass baker, place the grapefruit halves face up. Sprinkle each halve liberally with the sugar mixture, using about 1 tablespoon per halve. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes, until the sugar is melted and turning a deep amber. Let the grapefruits cool for at least a few minutes; serve warm or at room temperature with a big dollop of yogurt (swirl in honey if you’d like) and a handful of granola is also a good choice.
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