5 Minute Candy (Broiled Grapefruit)

Let me begin by asserting that I am NOT one of those skinny girls who thinks grapefruit is the perfect breakfast. I have never liked grapefruit and thought that people who ate it were crazy. <shudder> Sour and tart and just gross. I have tried several times to force myself into consuming this fruit, mostly when I’m “eating healthy”. Ok, let us just call it what it is…dieting. But I’ve never had success finishing even one. Just not my thing at all. Actually, the only grapefruit I’ve ever enjoyed came in the form of a can of Ruby Red Squirt. Until now. Who knew that a tiny (seriously small) sprinkle of brown sugar and a few minutes basking in the light of my broiler would turn nasty grapefruit into candy. I am not joking. The flesh gets soft, sweet and warm. I don’t know what voodoo magic happened in my oven with this thing, but it was incredible. I may eat it every morning until forever.

There’s really no “recipe” here. Just a slice or two of the grapefruit (in half and segmented) and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Broil. Done. Awesome.

The first time I made this, I took a taste while the fruit was still on the pan. I figured I would hate it and could then just dump the whole pan into the trash in one easy motion. I ended up exclaiming to myself with every bite, eventually picking the fruit up and slurping the juice out like you’d drink milk from a cereal bowl. I devoured it. It was ah-mazing.

Broiled Grapefruit

1 grapefruit, cut in half and segmented
1 – 3 teaspoons brown sugar (I used just one to see how sweet it would be and it was plenty sweet for me…like candy)

Set the oven to broil and place a rack on the top shelf of the oven.  You want the grapefruit to be as close as possible to the broiler heat.

Halve and segment a grapefruit.  You may need to trim the bottoms of the grapefruit so it sits up straight.

Place in a broiler safe pan and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Place in the oven under the broiler.  Bake for 5 to  7 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it cooks.  Feel free to rotate the pan as the grapefruit browns.

Remove from oven and serve warm.


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