Sweet, Spicy, and Simple: Baked Grapefruit

I first heard of baked grapefruit about a month ago and I was instantly intrigued.  I added it to my Culinary Bucket List a few days later.  Yet, I wondered: could grapefruit warmed in the oven really taste that good?  The answer is oh, yes!

The most appealing thing to me about baked grapefruit (other than the taste) is how simple it is to make.  Seriously, buy a grapefruit (or two, or three) and make it for breakfast tomorrow!  It’s my new favorite thing, and it’s good for you!

Baked Grapefruit
Makes 2 halves of baked grapefruit.  Add additional brown sugar and spices to make additional portions.

  1 grapefruit (I used a red grapefruit…it was super-juicy and delicious)
  2 spoonfuls of brown sugar, 1 spoonful for each half (see photo)
  sprinkling of ground cinnamon
  2 pinches of ground cloves

Equipment:
serrated knife, such as a small steak knife
loaf pan (use a larger baking pan if making additional portions)

Method:
Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Wash and dry the grapefruit.  Cut it in half with a serrated knife.  Cut a small portion of the flesh away at the bottom of the grapefruit so that it will sit flat while baking.  Place the halves in the loaf pan.

Look at how lovely and red they are!

Use the serrated knife to cut around each grapefruit half, releasing the fruit from the skin, and cutting out each segment, using the natural lines as a guide.  It may be a juicy process!

All cut up!

Next, add the sugar and spices.  First, sprinkle each grapefruit half with one spoonful of brown sugar.  The brown sugar may liquify quickly and soak into the fruit, this is ok.

Here is the spoon I used to measure the brown sugar, this way you can gauge the amount put on each half.

Then add a sprinkling of ground cinnamon over the top of each grapefruit half.

A sprinkling of cinnamon makes everything better.

Finally add a pinch of ground cloves to each grapefruit half.

Just a pinch of cloves for a bit of spice...

Bake the grapefruit in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the flesh is soft, and the sugar and spices have been absorbed.

Here is a close-up of one of the grapefruit halves straight from the oven. Use a tongs to remove them from the loaf pan so that you retain the sweet and spicy juices inside!

Enjoy with a grapefruit spoon!

As a side-note: I really enjoyed the syrup that the brown sugar, spices, and grapefruit juice made.  I’m thinking it would be a good addition to a summer cocktail!

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