Light Grapefruit Desserts for Any Occasion
Usually when people think of light tasting desserts they think of lemon flavored desserts but grapefruit desserts can be just as light and have a sweet and tangy flavor that lemon desserts dont have. Grapefruit desserts are ideal for spring parties and summer picnics when chocolate is too rich and too heavy. Grapefruit desserts are also wonderful for morning wedding receptions or wedding showers. With a little imagination you can adapt a lot of traditional dessert recipes to make them grapefruit desserts or you can come up with something totally unique and original. Here are some highly recommended grapefruit desserts you can try for your next party:
Grapefruit Meringue Pie This light dessert is a flavorful twist on a traditional lemon meringue. To make the meringue use grapefruit instead of lemon, and grate some ruby red grapefruit zest into the pie crush when youre baking it. The soft pink color of the meringue will look beautiful on any table. You can also use grapefruit meringue on its own by baking it to make small meringue cookies.
Grapefruit Angel Food Cake Angel food cake is a classic light dessert that not only tastes light and airy but also is low in calories and is fat free. If you want to provide a healthy dessert option for a party or function this twist on a traditional angel food cake will delight everyone who tries it. Mix up a regular angel food batter but instead of adding vanilla add a few teaspoons of fresh pink grapefruit juice. Add some grapefruit zest to the batter as well. It wont show in the finished cake but the flavor will definitely get noticed. Bake in a traditional mold and you will have a fresh and unique dessert that is low in calories but full of flavor. If you want to add a light glaze mix some fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and fresh pink grapefruit juice with sugar and boil then use that syrup to glaze the top of the cake.
Grapefruit Pomegranate Sorbet If youre looking for a light and refreshing summer treat this sorbet is the dessert for you. Make a simple syrup from a combination of pink grapefruit juice and white grapefruit juice and sugar. Add some pomegranate juice and make a traditional sorbet. If you want to add a little kick to your sorbet make it with vodka or gin and then freeze it. Your guests will love this dessert in hot weather.
Grapefruit Snacks the Whole Family Will Love
Grapefruit snacks can be a healthy option for family snacking. If you want to teach your kids healthy eating habits giving them snacks made with grapefruit is a good way to teach them that healthy fruit is delicious as well as nutritious and that fruit can be just as tasty as candy or chocolate snacks. Fruit snacks are also a lot more portable than other types of snacks and have a lot fewer calories. You dont have to have a lot of cooking talent to make many grapefruit snacks. All you need is plenty of fresh grapefruit and some time. If you want to create delicious and healthy grapefruit snacks that everyone in the house will love here are a few easy ones to get you started:
Dried grapefruit segments These tasty and easy to transport snacks are ideal for a busy lifestyle. Whether you want to keep them in your desk drawer for a quick and healthy snack at work or you want to keep them in the car as a fast and easy snack for the kids on their way to sports to activities these snacks will last without refrigerator and taste great. To dry grapefruit you need to peel and segment a few large grapefruits. You can do this with fresh oranges too. Line a baking sheet with cheesecloth and place the segments on the baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven on the lowest setting for two to three hours, or until the fruit is dry to the touch. Make sure the oven doesnt go over 175 degrees, and leave the oven door open just a little bit to let any moisture escape. Once the fruit is dried let it cool. After it cools place it back in a 175 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes. This will preserve the fruit and make it last for several weeks. Store it in an air tight container such as a plastic baggie with a seal.
Grapefruit roll ups These healthy fruit rolls arent packed with sugar and preservatives but are naturally sweet and delicious. Start by peeling and chopping several large grapefruits. Puree them with a little sugar if you want them to be a little sweeter. Brown sugar works the best. Lay parchment baking paper on a baking sheet and spray it with some non stick spray. Pre heat the oven to the lowest setting. Pour the puree onto the baking sheet in whatever shapes you like, or just make a solid sheet of it. Bake it for two to three hours. When the fruit sheet isnt tacky to the touch its done. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks and enjoy this delicious grapefruit treat.