I love my small island, I truly do. However, sometimes I wonder if I am missing out on mainstream America. Luckily, my husband grew up in New York City and his parents still live in Manhattan. So, we make it a point to have lengthy visits in the Big Apple – plus my mother-in-law is an artist, intellect, and a great finder of the next best thing. In this case, she found Grapefruit Brûlée (AKA Grapefruit Brulee for those searching without the special characters).
This past January, I got a phone call describing this seriously expensive (when eaten out) and yummy breakfast item that involves a grapefruit, sugar, and a flame torch. How expensive might you ask? Try $7 for half a grapefruit! Crazy, but apparently, well worth it.
My husband’s response, “Let’s feel extravagant and blowtorch some grapefruits ourselves! How hard can it be?” At our island market, grapefruits were on sale for 2/$3.00 (and on an island, food is expensive). Made at my home, Grapefruit Brûlée costs about $1.50 and I can have as many as I want (maybe even 6 servings in one sitting).
Caramelized sugar on grapefruit – delicious! And you (or your sweetie) get to play with fire!
½ of a Grapefruit
1-2 Tablespoons of sugar
You will need a blowtorch and a serrated spoon.
- Cut the grapefruit in half crosswise.
- Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar over the top of the ½ of grapefruit.
- Light the blowtorch, hold it close to the sugar on the fruit, and move it over the top of the fruit. It is important to keep the flame torch moving so that you do not light the skin of your grapefruit on fire.
- When the sugar is bubbling and has turned a brownish color, turn off the torch and enjoy!
We tried both sectioning the grapefruit and leaving the grapefruit sections intact before pouring the sugar on the fruit and using the flame torch. For taste, the non-sectioned grapefruit is best. For eating ease, the sectioned grapefruit is better.
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