We went out for brunch yesterday and the menu featured brûléed grapefruit. I didn't order it because the spot we went to didn't have a kids' menu so I had to order a breakfast plate that came with bacon so Grady would actually eat something. And then I couldn't stop thinking about the brûléed grapefruit (hashtag: pregnant lady probs).
I don't own a kitchen torch (it just seems like a bad plan for me to operate anything that spews flame) but my broiler is pretty efficient (read: I burn my nachos consistently) so I gave it a shot this morning.
First I sliced two large grapefruits in half horizontally. Then I sprinkled each half with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. I popped them under the broiler for about five minutes (watching carefully the entire time so I didn't set the oven on fire) and took them out when the sugar was melty and bubbly.
The verdict? I think I would have had more of a proper "crust" if I'd used a kitchen torch but the broiler worked well (if a little inconsistently in places). We had these for breakfast but I could see them as a health-adjacent dessert topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.