Grapefruit Brulee – for people like me who have no baking skills, this is an easy, delicious dessert or breakfast that literally comes together in 5 minutes total time.
Sometimes there are recipes I feel guilty about posting, as they’re so easy it’s hard for me to actually consider and call them recipes. This grapefruit brulee is one of those recipes.
This was actually created by my son, Jameson some years ago when he was about five years old. Over the years, I’ve refined it some, but it’s all him. By refine I mean I added the blow torch and introduced him to cardamom. Prior to using the torch he either microwaved or broiled the grapefruit. There was absolutely nothing about my own childhood or his behavior at age five years old that suggested letting him use a blow torch was a responsible idea.
Now it is pretty much anything goes in the kitchen with him and the torch simplifies an already crazy easy recipe. I do have to keep the torch hidden as it may be used for other things like lighting fireworks. The flavor in this recipe is complex and intense. The sugar caramelizes when heat for some serious sweetness which is balanced by the tartness of the grapefruit. The cardamom is highly aromatic and adds to the overall flavor experience. After cooling a hard shell will form on the top of the grapefruit. We like to crack it and reserve for the end as that burnt candy taste is delicious.
Grapefruit Brulee Cooking Tips
- Cut a 1/4 off the bottom of the grapefruit to make it easy for it to sit flat without any rocking or tilting
- If you don’t have a blow torch, use your oven broiler. Exercise some pre-caution, since broiling can actually cause a flame. It’s rare, but can happen. If it does don’t freak-out, just keep the door close and allow it to go out it. The other resaon to stay nearby is depending on your oven, the sugar can cook fast
- The closer you can get your pan to the heating element of the broiler the better.
Grapefruit Brulee Special Equipment
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Dope beats, fresh eats, best life. Enjoy this delicious Grapefruit Brulee for a quick dessert or early breakfast.
- 2 pink grapefruit chilled
- 2 tablespoons cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamom optional
- Halve each grapefruit crosswise, and cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half to stabilize the pieces.
- Remove all seeds from the grapefruit, and loosen the segments with a paring knife.
- Place grapefruit, cut side down, on paper towels to dry for 5 minutes.
- Invert grapefruit and sprinkle 1 Tbsp. sugar evenly over exposed flesh of each grapefruit half.
Sprinkle each half evenly with the sugar and cardamom. Using a blowtorch, melt the sugar to form a golden brown and crispy surface. Let cool then serve.
Alternatively, preheat broiler. Transfer grapefruit, cut side up, to a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Broil grapefruit, watching closely to prevent burning, until the sugar is melted and beginning to turn dark amber, about 8 minutes. Let grapefruit cool before serving.