February 11, 2015 10

Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream

Refined sugar-free salted broiled grapefruit with vegan coconut cream.

Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream | Salted broiled grapefruit cooked with a touch of oil and maple and topped with a vegan vanilla ginger coconut cream. A beautiful, wintry, unfussy dessert.
Spring is coming, I can feel it. And when it comes, I want to travel as much as I can. I want to spend all of my time outdoors. I want to live in my garden. I want to be indoors on my computer as little as possible. This winter though, I’ve been living off citrus. They’re reliably abundant, and bright. I can’t seem to get enough. And although I can never say no to the beauty of a blood orange or the convenience of a few clementines, it’s really the grapefruit, especially this broiled grapefruit that’s captured my heart this season.

I’ve been spending most of my afternoons snacking on ruby reds with a touch of honey, and sea salt. Yes, salt. Trust me. The salt balances out the grapefruit’s sharp and sometimes bitter notes perfectly. I first started doing this after I fell in love with the greyhound cocktail a few years ago.

These salted broiled grapefruits are elevated to a whole new level with the pairing of this vanilla ginger coconut cream. It’s sweet and warm, and then salty and cool – so many layers happening here in just one bite.

Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream | Salted broiled grapefruit cooked with a touch of oil and maple and topped with a vegan vanilla ginger coconut cream. A beautiful, wintry, unfussy dessert.Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream | Salted broiled grapefruit cooked with a touch of oil and maple and topped with a vegan vanilla ginger coconut cream. A beautiful, wintry, unfussy dessert.Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream | Salted broiled grapefruit cooked with a touch of oil and maple and topped with a vegan vanilla ginger coconut cream. A beautiful, wintry, unfussy dessert.

Broiled Grapefruit with Sea Salt
 
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This is best served right after it's been broiled. Warm and melty with the coconut cream on top.
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Makes: 6 halves
Ingredients
  • 3 grapefruits
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream {see below}
  • lemon zest, garnish
Instructions
  1. Set your oven to broil, and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Halve the grapefruits, and place them in the dish cut side up. Cut each grapefruit's flesh by tracing the perimeter and each segment with a knife. This will make it easier to scoop out and eat after it has been broiled.
  3. Drizzle on the oil and maple syrup. Broil on high for about 10 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned. When the grapefruit is done broiling, pull it out of the oven, and sprinkle on the salt.
  4. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes, and serve warm with a dollop of coconut cream and lemon zest.
Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream
 
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I've made this with both fresh and ground ginger, and I found that ground ginger tastes best. This cream can be made ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Makes: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut cream
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the ginger, vanilla and maple syrup and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile whip the coconut cream in a small bowl with a hand-mixer until it's blended. This will take only a few seconds. Then fold in the ginger mixture until well-combined.

10 Responses to "Salted Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream"

  1. Reply

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    February 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Love these photos. They are so moody and shadowy. I could look at them for a really long time. I eat a lot of baked grapefruit, always with a little maple syrup or brown sugar. But never with sea salt. Really looking forward to doing this!

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    Kathryn

    February 12, 2015 at 4:54 AM

    For the first time this week, I’ve begun to feel the first faint hints of spring in the air and I’m super excited too. I love your plan of living outside as much as possible – I need to make that happen in my life too. I’ve not yet tried this grapefruit/sea salt combo and I need to asap!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    February 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I’ve had broiled grapefruit before, but never like this! What a stunner!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    February 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Right there with you on the no-fussy meals, especially when its gorgeous outside (60s and 70s all week in Denver say whaaaaaaat!!!). I am a grapefruit addict, but have never tried one broiled – or with salt! This flavor combo sounds amazing, I’ll so have to give this a try soon.

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    Jodi

    February 13, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    Ohhhh I can not wait for picnics in the park! February is almost just that nothing month where I am almost over with winter and longing for some warm spring sun. This darling little dish is exactly what I needed to bring in some brightness! Just lovely, Sherrie x

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    Janelle

    February 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this – and also your blackberry mango salad with earl grey whipped cream. Both sound perfect right now. I’m so eager for spring and sunshine and days spent outside too.

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    Lori

    February 16, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Love grapefruit any way I can get it. Have had it broiled with sugar or salt, both good. What caught my eye is the coconut cream. Has flavors I love and looks fabulous! Your photos are wonderful, but I am disappointed I can’t just stick my finger in there and taste the food too. As it is a cold and snowy here in the middle of Wyoming. Happy to find these recipes and your site! Thanks for a bright spot in my day, and the anticipation of spring.

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      Sherrie

      February 17, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      Thanks for such a kind and sweet message Lori!

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    kristie {birch and wild}

    February 19, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I have made this twice, and I just can’t get enough. I love the creaminess of the coconut whip with the tart/sweetness of the citrus. So genius!

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    kate

    February 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat grapefruit, which I do almost daily between December and March. It’s an obsession, no doubt. I’ve yet to make a coconut whipped cream, despite seeing it everywhere but maybe that needs to change. What’s not to love about that?

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