I’m welcoming in the weekend with this beautiful Bruléed Grapefruit treat. At first I thought I’d snap some pictures, just for fun, because grapefruit is such a pretty colour, but it was bringing back such sweet memories for me that I thought I might as well share.
It’s funny how tastes and smells can bring back such feel good feelings. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve often talked about my Mémé, my grandmother, who was such a huge part of my life and whose absence is still felt so deeply for me. My brother and I often stopped in to sit with her and share a meal. Remember I told you here, that her pancakes were seriously so thick and fluffy? And when I said here, that I simply can’t eat a jelly roll without having just a little tug in my heart for missing her?
It seems grapefruit has that same kind of tug for me too. Mémé ate one pretty much every morning during the winter months. I vividly remember her schooling me on how she cut it and piled it so high with sugar before eating it (I’m pretty sure I know where my sweet tooth came from). She always cut it in half and then painstakingly carved out each section so that she could take a tiny spoon and scoop out each little piece. Seemed like too much work to me at the time, and years later I realized there’s actually a grapefruit spoon, but she insisted that was the best way to do it.
Over the last few years I’ve really grown to love a bright pink and juicy grapefruit for a snack. Usually I peel it like an orange and just happily munch on each section, juice dripping down my fingers, until it’s all gone. The odd time, I get to feeling a little nostalgic and slice it in half and painstakingly scoop out each little section at a time. Sometimes, I get a little fancy and brulée it. I love the sweet syrup that forms on the top and all of the little crunchy little brown spots.
Foods that remind us of childhood are the best way to start a Saturday don’t you think? I often think of my Mémé, that tiny little woman, in that tiny little kitchen, with the biggest heart. Ahhh, what I wouldn’t give for just one more squeeze.
Have a great weekend friends,
- 1 ruby red grapefruit
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- yogurt for serving (optional)
- granola for serving (optional)
- Cut the grapefruit in half and let it sit (cut side down) on a piece of paper towel for about 10 minutes. This will help dry off the top a bit.
- If needed, cut a small piece off of the bottom of each half so it sits level on a cookie sheet. Set it on a cookie sheet cut side up, and spread the sugar equally on each half.
- Broil the grapefruit for 6-8 minutes, watching very carefully, until the sugar has completely melted and is turning into an amber colour (you can use a kitchen torch for this too!)
- Serve with some vanilla yogurt and granola if desired.