Good Morning Sunshine

I like grapefruit in the morning.  I like how it tickles my nose and I like how it makes my mouth water like crazy.  It’s a very nice way to start the day. 

My usual way of eating the fruit is to cut it into six large wedges and tear the pulp out with my teeth trying (usually unsuccessfully) to catch the inevitible dribbles on a carefully positioned plate.

Recently, though, I’ve discovered a gentler way to eat grapefruit.  Mellower in taste and far less messy to eat, baked grapefruit has been gracing my breakfast table over the last couple of weeks.  The heat seems to make the fruit plump up and become even more juicy – if that is possible – and the dribble of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon softens the sharpness of the citrus flavour perfectly. 

Baked Grapefruit

1 grapefruit

2 tspn runny honey

1/2 tspn cinnamon

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 oC.
  • Slice the grapefruit in half and use a sharp knife to carefully loosen the segments. (Apparently there is a utensil called a “grapefruit knife” made specifically for this purpose but I don’t have one and wouldn’t have anywhere to put it even if I did, so full are my kitchen drawers.)
  • Fashion a small tray from a piece of tin foil (to catch the juices) and place each half in the tray. 
  • Drizzle a teaspoon of honey over each half and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake for 12 minutes until warmed through and plump.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning Sunshine

  1. Woooo! I started the post in thinking I hate grapefruit and how could Wendy possibly face that first thing in the morning? I was quite horrified! However, you won me round with the promise of honey and cinnamon, very clever.

  2. Grapefruit has always seemed yet another reason not to diet because I associate it with horrible restrictive diets – but this looks like something I would be curious to taste and not at all like wearing hairshirts!

  3. That’s an interesting way of eating the grapefruit Wendy, I don’t think I would ever have thought to do that. Shame my oven is on the blink…

  4. Heather – Oh yum. Maple syrup…

    CityGirl – Let me know what you think. 🙂

    DaviMack – Glad to hear it. Couldn’t quite imagine what it was!

    Holler – It seems you aren’t the only one who isn’t a fan of grapefruit. Didn’t know it was so unpopular!

    Johanna – Ah, yes. I remember a friend being on the grapefruit and brown rice diet. Exactly what it sounds like!

    Helen – No oven? Oh no!

    Sylvie – A pity. Wonder if this would work with an orange…

  5. I really dislike grapefruit – but am strangely tempted to try this. It never entered my mind to bake a grapefruit, and cinnamon and honey with the grapefruits bitterness could be quite a hit…

  6. I love this and make it any time I find a grapefruit in my fridge. It’s baking right now 🙂 They’re so beautiful and delicious!

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