Grapefruit Creme Brulee

No, it’s not real “creme,” sillies. It’s Greek yogurt. And holy shitake, is it good.

The fam and I have been on a real fitness kick lately. The daddy around these parts got the kids hooked on a nightly snuggle hour in front of “The Biggest Loser” reruns, and there’s no way you can watch that show without wanting to make Jillian happy by working out until your bellybutton sweats and chew Extra gum for lunch.

Being a natural baker, pancaker, and candy maker, I usually fend off a healthy diet with a daily portion of carbs fit fora small city, but I do find that good eating and a hard workout tend to trickle down and create a desire to keep dessert light and lovely.

Creme Brulee is neither light nor lovely. It is eighty-four steps above lovely, and don’t you forget it.

I assert this theory because Whole Foods carries little one-gal serving sizes of the stuff in our local store, and I refuse to admit how many of those teeny cups I have licked and hummed over in the last month. No, really, I refuse. You’d be horrified if you knew.

Which is exactly why a compromise needed to be made. Because you can’t watch the Biggest Loser every night and feel even remotely good about the calories you’re downing thrice weekly with a Whole Foods Creme Brulee. No you can not.

And thus, this beautiful little grapefruit and yogurt and brown sugar dessert was born. And, honey. It is gorgie.

And easy.

And so much better than weighing in after downing a six-pack of real Creme Brulee.

Not that I would know. Ahem.

Not that I would know.


Grapefruit Creme Brulee


2 pink grapefruit (get a nice, ripe one)
8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons brown sugar


Preheat oven to broiling.

With a sharp knife, slice the peel from the grapefruit, leaving just the pink flesh exposed all around. Carefully run the knife through the membranes of each section, then remove the grapefruit pieces from the fruit.

Spoon 4 ounces of greek yogurt into each of two small ramekins. Layer the grapefruit on each ramekin. Sprinkle a nice layer of brown sugar evenly across the top of the grapefruit. Slide the ramekins onto the topmost rack of the preheated oven and allow them to broil just until the sugar begins to bubble and brown slightly, about 1 minute. Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy!

9 Responses to “Grapefruit Creme Brulee”

  1. Great idea!! I’m doing this for breakfast this week…. looks so good!

  2. Katrina says:

    This is so fresh and yummy looking! Love it!

  3. Amy says:

    We try and always do fruit for dessert. My kids prefer it and my butt needs it so this is PERFECT. I love Greek yogurt, love pink grapefruit, love creme brule and love YOU! Match made on heaven. I’m making this tonight. And I feel it’s a jumping off point for more variations of the same. Like mango with honey Greek yogurt? Balsamic strawberries, plain and a drizzle of caramelized sugar. Very very clever!

  4. Betsy says:

    I just drooled into my keyboard. :-) Holy wow!

  5. Julie says:

    Oh hell yes! What a brilliant idea!

  6. Priscilla says:

    I just made this and it was divine!!!! Thank you!

  7. Lucas Smit says:

    If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high trigylcerides, grapefruit has been found to reduce the effects of these conditions.So which is better yellow or red grapefruit? Well, in a study made where people who had a history of high cholesterol, those that ate the red grapefruit had the most effect in lower their blood pressure. The yellow also lowered blood pressure but not as much as the red grapefruit.’^

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