Brûléed Grapefruit with Greek Yogurt and Granola

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INT. My kitchen, late last night.

MY SISTER: What is that giant citrus? (points to bowl with abnormally large orange sphere)

ME: Oh.

Thus began my journey to use the citrus, which I had forgotten about until my sister said something. I’m in the habit of buying huge grapefruit and letting them sit on the counter until the last possible minute.

This morning, I decided to make brûléed grapefruit. Even though it sounds labor-intensive, it’s one of the easiest things to make. You just slice a grapefruit in half, top it with a mountain of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and set it under a broiler until the sugar starts to caramelize. Then, you take it out of the oven and let it cool for a second so the sugar crystallizes and forms a hard shell.

I added a quenelle of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola on top, which I’d highly recommend doing. The tart Greek yogurt cuts through the sweetness and contrasts well with the citrus flavor. The granola adds some texture and crunch.

This is a great breakfast for Friday mornings, or any time you need some extra motivation. It would also make a good dessert if you have citrus to use up and you want something sweet to eat after dinner.

Here’s a song that reminds me of this grapefruit. It also reminds me of a horse race.

Brûléed Grapefruit with Greek Yogurt and Granola (from me, to you)


1 grapefruit, sliced in half
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt, divided
granola for sprinkling


Preheat your broiler to high. Slice a grapefruit in half and cut a thin slice out of the bottom so it can sit upright. Line a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and place the grapefruit halves on top, cut-side up.

Split the 1/4 cup brown sugar between the two grapefruit. Make sure that most of the fruit is covered with sugar. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Place in the oven and heat until the sugar reduces and the tops of the grapefruit look caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on things, as you don’t want the grapefruit to burn.

Remove grapefruit from oven and let cool slightly. Place a dollop of Greek yogurt on top and sprinkle with granola. Enjoy!


About Emily Wasserman

Bonjour! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. I'm also a home baker with a small business, Amélie Bakery. I'm a self-proclaimed francophile and love French pastries and baking.
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