a little sunshine September 22, 2009


I'm not sure if you've heard, but it's been raining in Atlanta. I made a joke about the super-typhoon that nearly took out our week in St. George Island. The rain we encountered off and on there looks like a little April shower compared to the torrential downpours we been having here. Flooding abounds. People are having to be rescued from their homes by boat. Schools are closed. The interstate flooded, trapping people in their cars on the highway. It's not been a pretty sight out there, to say the least.

The grey weather parted a bit this morning and gave me a chance to have a little breakfast on the patio. I've been needing a little sunshine on my leaves the past few days, so this was a welcome break. I woke up thinking about the incredible grapefruit we got at the market yesterday and how i couldn't wait to have one.

Instead of just ripping into it as is, I went puttering through the cabinet. I saw this bottle of rosewater that I hadn't used in a while and drizzled a little on top of the grapefruit. Then, the sugar and lime zest. Cranked up the broiler just to melt the top. Wow. Just wow. The syrup this makes inside the grapefruit is absolutely divine. This would be so great with some yogurt, whipped cream or sour cream. I will say that a grapefruit spoon would have been a huge help…but I devoured both halves just before the gray clouds reappeared. 

Rosewater Broiled Grapefruit – makes 2 halves

  • 1 large grapefruit, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 tbsp. rose water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar or brown sugar
  • zest of one lime

– Preheat broiler and place rack in middle of oven. Place grapefruit halves in shallow baking pan. Drizzle each grapefruit half with 1/2 tbsp. rose water. Zest 1/2 of lime on each grapefruit half and sprinkle the tops of the fruit with 1 tbsp. sugar. Place the pan under the broiler for 3-5 minutes (this is one of those times to keep the oven light on!) or until the sugar has begun to brown slightly and bubble. Allow to cool slightly, sprinkle with any remaining sugar and lime zest and serve.


ben frank from I Ate That! Sep 22, 2009 08:09 am

oh man, this makes me wish i liked grapefruit. i bet that would be divine squeezed into some gin…

tami Sep 22, 2009 08:09 am

ben- the syrup that this made was absolutely amazing. you could probably bake it together and sqweeze it out…almost like a simple syrup.

Lynn Sep 22, 2009 09:09 am

That sounds so good – and it does give a little sunshine despite grayness outside. I think I just spotted a minute of sunshine. Could it be? Lynn (from Atl)

Jackie Sep 22, 2009 09:09 am

Great idea to broil the grapefruit, something I’ve never tried. I’ll have to make this as soon as I can get my hands on some grapefruit.

tami Sep 22, 2009 11:09 am

Lynn- Can you believe what a gorgeous day this turned into!?! I guess all I had to do was get on my blog and bitch about the weather a little bit! :)

tami Sep 22, 2009 11:09 am

Broiled grapefruit is something I remember my mom ordering in the 80s at breakfast or brunch. She also used to do it with just plain brown sugar in the toaster oven! This recipe could be made into so many different variations – ginger, cardamom, lavender would all be nice!
Thanks for stopping by :)
– t*

Broderick Sep 22, 2009 09:09 pm

love that photo! :)

Elizabeth Sep 23, 2009 01:09 am

This looks lovely! The other day I was thinking about what to do with all of the delicious grapefruits that are just now coming into season. I’ve also been looking for a new way to use rosewater. This just seems too good to be true!
I stumbled upon your blog early today and love it. Beautiful work!

tami Sep 23, 2009 04:09 am

Broderick – Thanks! You don’t realize how hard it is to get a good shot of something that’s a half-sphere until you try and actually do it! :)
Elizabeth – Thanks for stopping by the blog! Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it :)

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