Grapefruit Brûlé Bars

According to xkcd, grapefruit is just the worst of all possible fruits. Poor grapefruit. 😦

The first time I had grapefruit, I fell in love. One summer, we were on vacation in California and my grandma had made us this magical pink beverage that was super sweet and tangy and amazing. Even the name was mystical: grapefruit. What is that even supposed to taste like?! Well, it wasn’t until years later that I would learn of the grapefruit’s deception when I eagerly bit into one for the first time. Awful. Just awful. But we shouldn’t blame it on the grapefruit! It’s not their fault that they can’t live up to our expectations. We just gotta treat them right, and make them into delicious things, like these Grapefruit Brûlé Bars!

The OCD is real with the missing square.

The OCD is real with the missing square.

This is my own spin on a recipe, adapted from an awesome lemon bar recipe from AverieCooks. In the past few months, I’ve consumed bags and bags full of grapefruit from my boyfriend’s dad’s tree, usually just quickly sprinkled with some powdered sugar. Another way I like to eat them is broiled with some brown sugar and cinnamon on top. This recipe is inspired by those caramely wonderful flavors.

Cinnamon flecks are my favorite kind of flecks. Unless you're talking about flexing. Which we might not be doing much of soon after this recipe.

Cinnamon flecks are my favorite kind of flecks. Unless you’re talking about flexing. Which we might not be doing much of soon after this recipe.

Grapefruit Brûlé Bars with Glaze

Here's the starring cast!

Here’s the starring cast!

Bars

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips (or use more white instead)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark)
  • 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grapefruit zest
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (I used part white whole wheat, part all purpose)
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the butter and two kinds of chips for 1- 2 minutes. Stir after the first minute and then heat in 20 second intervals to make sure the mixture isn’t seizing or overheating. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the two types of sugar, grapefruit juice, zest, eggs, and whisk.
  3. Make sure the butter and chip mixture has cooled down some before adding it to the large mixing bowl. (We don’t want it to scramble the eggs!) Continue to whisk all the ingredients together.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and the flour. Stir to combine, but there’s no need to beat or mix too long.
  5. Pour batter into an oiled 8×8 pan. Smooth the top before baking about 28 minutes at 350 F. Test for doneness with a toothpick, and set aside while you make the glaze.

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grapefruit zest (reserve some to put on top)
  1. Place the grapefruit juice in a cereal-sized bowl.
  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar by smaller increments until you get the consistency you want. It should be somewhat thick, but easily pourable.
  3. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little over half of the zest.
  4. Pour the mixture slowly and evenly over the grapefruit bars.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining zest on top.
  6. Let bars set for a few hours at room temp or in the fridge until glaze is hardened before cutting.
Let the zest fall where it may. NO NOT THERE.

Let the zest fall where it may. NO NOT THERE.

I hope you enjoy these bars and give grapefruits a chance to be delicious and protect you from scurvy.

Your choice: eat us or get scurvy. Those are literally your only options.

Your choice: eat us or get scurvy. Those are literally your only options.

P.S. Today I learned that grapefruit is pamplemousse in French. It’s the most absurd word I’ve ever learned.

Fear me, for I am made with pamplemousse!

Fear me, for I am made with pamplemousse!

Pamplemousse.

Pamplemousse.

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About Jenni @ TryHardKitchen

College. Homework. Baking. LoL.
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