Brandied Grapefruit

Grapefruit + Brandy = Breakfast Soulmates

I love nothing more than a tart grapefruit or a tasty beverage, so imagine my delight when I saw “brandied grapefruit” on a menu last year at Perla’s in Austin, Texas. For $3! Yes, $3! Sadly I was pregnant at the time and couldn’t imbibe, but the thought of sucking down a brandied grapefruit never left my consciousness. I knew there would be no “conscious uncoupling” between me and a brandied grapefruit. Grapefruit + Brandy = Breakfast Soulmates.

We moved back to Southern California (hello, perfect weather goodbye, humidity) before I had a chance to order the brandied grapefruit for $3 so I decided to create my own.

And here it is.

Brandied Grapefruit
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  • 1 Grapefruit (Any variety - I like Ruby Red)
  • 2 Tablespoons Brandy
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  1. Pre-heat the oven to broil and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the grapefruit in half and using a serrated knife score the segments.
  3. Pour 1 Tablespoon of brand onto each side. Depending on the size of your grapefruit you may need a little more or less.
  4. Top each side with 1-2 Tablespoons of brown sugar.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes until the sugar is toasted and caramelized.
  6. If desired, add another 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the top once you pull it out of the oven.
  7. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before you dig in!


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