Oro Blanco Grapefruit Brulee {recipe} – All That Glitters is Golden Grapefruit

Grapefruit Brulee - Oro Blanco[Eating Rainbow | Yellow | no. 6 Grapefruit]

We were perfectly happy sliding down our colorful little Eating Rainbow.

But then we got buried under what may as well have been three tons of powdered sugar.

Don’t get us wrong. We have been loving all the attention and love and well, huge growth in the community, but you know, we’re just quiet little food people. At the end of the day (or the beginning, as it were), we just want to sprawl out on our stomachs in the middle of a sun soaked living room floor with our little chihuahua, wrapped up in a (cashmere) snuggie, surrounded by piles of food magazines and stacks of new cookbooks, scooping up tiny glittering spoonfuls of bruléed Oro Blanco grapefruit.

So we’re back on the wellness wagon. In the VIP yellow section.

Oro Blanco Grapefruit - Cut into Halves
Grapefruit alone is delicious, especially, the sweeter, milder variety, Oro Blanco, which is yellow both inside and out. The yellow grapefruit may not have the same nutrient density as its more familiar pink and red cousins, but still, the white grapefruits are dripping with vitamin C, fiber and potassium, and imagine how much more you will eat when you sprinkle grapefruit halves with a tiny teaspoon of sugar and caramelize it under the broiler. White grapefruit is also a good source of beta carotene and lycopene.

Grapefruit Knife
We also re-discovered our grapefruit knife, a uni-tasker knife with a bent tip with the sole purpose of cutting grapefruit segments away from the pith/peel, not on grapefruit, but on very specific halved grapefruit. Obviously, we had relegated the grapefruit knife the GoUG (Gallery of Useless Gadgets), but once we realized how useful the thing is, even as a uni-tasker, we rescued it from the bottom drawer and have been using it religiously to make consumption of our Bruleed Grapefruit much easier.

Especially when we’re lying on our stomachs on our living room floor.
Grapefruit Brulee - Oro Blanco

Bruléed Oro Blanco Grapefruit


Oro Blanco (or other) grapefruits, halved across their equators
1 – 2 teaspoons brown sugar per half grapefruit
option: drop of vanilla extract


Preheat broiler. Line a baking dish or pan with aluminum foil.

Using a grapefruit knife, cut around the edge of each grapefruit half between the fruit and the peel. Slip a small regular knife (paring knife) between the pith and the fruit of each segment.

If using the vanilla, combine with brown sugar in a small bowl.

Place grapefruit halves in pan. Sprinkle each half with 1-2 teaspoons sugar, spreading evenly over top.

Broil grapefruits until sugar melts and bubbles, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from broiler, allow to cool until handle-able, about 5 minutes.

by Sarah J. Gim on April 13, 2011 · 1 comment

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Jimmy Huang April 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

i just got myself a blow torch. I’ve yet to brulee anything but I’m itching to do it!


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