I love a juicy grapefruit, but a juicy grapefruit roasted with a little brown sugar and a touch of black pepper takes the experience to a whole new level! Happy Spring, everyone!
‘Tis the season for citrus. Oranges, tangerines, clementines and grapefruit have the power to cheer up even the murkiest of March days. And when morning or snack time call for something special…Brown Sugar Roasted Grapefruit is the answer.
I’ve been having fun lately cranking up the heat of my oven as well the heat in my sweets. Check out my Winter Sunset Cocktail and my Strawberry & Black Pepper Oatmeal Crunch Squares. It doesn’t take much to elevate flavors.
Roasting pink grapefruit with light brown sugar helps to create a deep and rich caramelized flavor while the black pepper casts a shadow of heat.
I used light brown sugar and cracked black pepper though you could use any sugar that’s to your liking. Cut the grapefruit in half through the middle and cut a small slice off the underside to keep it from rolling. Give a good grind of black pepper and add about a tablespoon of brown sugar to each half. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until you achieve desired done-ness. The fruit should intensify in color with the sugar creating a nice golden brown crust that’s fun to crack into.
There’s nothing like a simple recipe to take a solo ingredient from good to great!
- 2 grapefruits
- 4 grinds of freshly ground black pepper
- 4 Tbsp. light brown sugar, divided
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Slice each grapefruit in half and take a small slice off the underside to keep it from rolling. Remove pith and slice into sections.
- Place the four halves on a baking sheet.
- Grind black pepper and sprinkle 1 Tbsp. brown sugar on the surface of each half.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until brown sugar is crispy.
- Remove from oven and serve warm.
I can’t stop with just one…how ’bout we check out some more inspiring sweet and savory citrus recipes…