Sunday, October 25, 2009
Broiled Grapefruit, a Simple Winter Breakfast
The fact that citrus comes into season in the winter never quite sat well with me. To me, citrus screams summer. It's light, cool, refreshing, a perfect treat for hot afternoons. Fall and winter on the other hand invite cinnamon and pears, meat stews and bread pudding. You know, rich and hearty food that will see you through the dead of winter (as I sit in front of a huge bay window, basking in the warm glow of the California sun). Don't get me wrong, I love oranges, lemons, and limes. It's just that citrus and winter seem like strange bedfellows.
Unless citrus is prepared something like this. When I first saw broiled grapefruit in Everyday Food a few years ago, I thought it looked odd. It's not everyday grapefruit, cinnamon, and yogurt are paired together. I promise that once you try this, you'll think they're a match made in heaven.
Start with half a grapefruit and sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Then broil it. The grapefruit will warm through and the brown sugar and juice will slowly caramelize into a thick, syrupy glaze. When the top begins to bubble, take out the grapefruit and gently spoon some plain yogurt on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. Broiling the fruit brings out it's natural sweetness and paired with creamy yogurt and homey cinnamon broiled grapefruit is just as comforting as a bowl of oatmeal. I must say, broiled grapefruit a breakfast that's absolutely perfect for winter.