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I feel like grapefruit is a polarizing fruit – some people love it, and some people hate it. Mr. Smith LOVES fresh grapefruit juice, yet it’s too acidic for me. So, I don’t usually buy it, and usually, opt for oranges as my citrus fruit of choice. Recently I tried out blood oranges, so I thought I would also give these a shot.

This is now my new favorite healthy weekend breakfast/brunch. Broiling them with brown sugar (and don’t forget the cloves for a bit of spice) turns them into something amazing, very different from the standard sour, acidic citrus fruit.

The flavor gets deeper, sweet and spicy, and caramelized. Try it out yourself, and don’t say I didn’t tell you! It’s so easy and quick to make, you’ll have a lazy Sunday morning, even if you get up late.


Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brulee

This is now my new favorite healthy weekend breakfast/brunch. Broiling grapefruit with brown sugar turns it into something amazing!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cut grapefruit in half.
  2. Using a paring knife, cut around the grapefruit, within all the little segments, to loosen them for eating later.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla.
  4. Crumble the brown sugar mixture on top of the grapefruit.
  5. Place the grapefruit in a baking pan (if using parchment paper, be sure to watch to make sure it doesn’t burn).
  6. Broil for approximately 8 minutes, until sugar is caramelized.
  7. Enjoy!



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