>> Monday, March 22, 2010
#1 Broiled Grapefruit!
#2 Candied Grapefruit Peels!
I was inspired to try out these recipes because of my overwhelming love of the grapefruit. I seriously can't get enough of it. So I figured it was time to start exploring new grapefruit territories. Since I am trying to get rid of sugar I tried to figure out a way to candy grapefruit peels without it, but decided I might as well go big or go home, right? Still, I wanted to even it out with another sweet grapefruit recipe that doesn't rely on sugar. This is where the broiled grapefruit comes in. I highly recommended these. Oh! and If anyone can recommend a grapefruit recipe, please do!
Level of Difficulty: too easy
Pots/Pans Used: 1
1 grapefruit, halved
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a small bowl mix the agave and vanilla together. Pour it over the halves of grapefruit. Broil in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until you see the tops begin to caramelize and they look like this:
(Notice my dog, Oliver, lusting over them in the background) :)
Yeah... it's really that easy.
Candied Grapefruit Peels
Level of Difficulty: takes time, but easy
Pots/Pans Used: 2
1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 c brown sugar
extra sugar to coat (I used some fancy vanilla bean infused sugar that I got as a gift, but regular sugar will be fine)
Start out by cutting the peels off the grapefruit and cutting them into strips.
You're going want to remove as much as the bitter white part as you can, but don't freak out about it.
Next, put them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Then drain off the peels to cool and then boil again. Repeat another two times for a total of 4 times being boiled. After that step, put 1 1/2 cups of water, the brown sugar, and the peels in a pot to simmer.
Simmer until they are translucent and the water and sugar mixture reduces and thickens a bit. This may take 30 minutes to an hour. Drain them again and spread the peels out on a drying rack with paper underneath to catch drippings. Let them dry and cool for several hours. Once you feel they're ready, coat them in sugar. Ta da!