Saturday, 22 March 2008

The Case of the Red Grapefruit

A couple of weeks ago I borrowed some cookbooks from the library. Among them was "Dining with Sherlock Holmes -A Baker Street Cookbook" by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt and Frederic H. Sonnenschmidt.
In the book there are recipies for dishes mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books as well as recipes for dishes that might have been enjoyed by the inimitable Mr. Holmes and his devoted companion Dr. Watson. Browsing the book I found many interesting recipes. While Stake Tonga (made of raw beaf) was something I cared neitner to make nor taste Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger sounded both interesting and easy to make, and I just happened to have some lovely red grapefruit waiting in the fridge. So, without any mystery, this is the Case of the Red Grapefruit. :)

Red Grapefruit with Ginger

(Original recipe "Broiled Grapefruit with Gingner" from
"Dining with Sherlock Holmes -A Baker Street Cookbook" by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt and Frederic H. Sonnenschmidt, adapted a little by myself)

Serves 1 or 2 depending whether you serve 1 or 2 halves of grapefruit per person

1 red grapefruit
2 tablespoons brown cane sugar
1 teaspoon ginger powder
2 teaspoons runny (orange blossom) honey
some cocoa powder and dark chocolate for decoration

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Cut the grapefruit in half. Remove the seeds and with the help of a grapefruit spoon of a knife section the fruit, but do not remove the sections from their half.
3. In a small bowl or a cup combine the sugar and ginger powder.
4. Divide the sugar-ginger mixture between the two grapefruit halves by sprinkling it over the sectioned flesh of the fruit.
5. Add 1 teaspoon of honey over each half.
6. Lift the grapefruit halves into a baking pan, and put the pan in the 200 C oven for circa 5 minutes.
7. Let the grapefruit halves cool for a moment, so that you will not burn your fingers when moving them!
8. Serve decorated with some cocoa powder and pieces of dark chocolate.

Happy Easter everyone!
Or as we say here Hyvää Pääsiäistä!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great way to prepare grapefruits!



maybelles mom said...

yum. i used to eat this excluding the honey all the time when I was pregnant. (ginger was said to cut down on morning sickness.) BTW, I just noticed me on your blog roll, I am HONORED.

anya said...

Great desert!!

Could possibly oranges stand in for grapefruits?? ;)

Happy Easter to you!!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

You even make grapefruit look delish!

Cinnamonda said...

Yes, Rosa! This way the grapefruits are very tasty, although I do like them without any "embellishments", too. :)

Maybelles mom, I have heard that about ginger, too. In the olden times ginger was used against sea sickness for example.

Thanks Anya! I'm sure oranges would work just fine.

Tahnk you, simply...gluten free! :)


Cynthia said...

Now that's the way to have grapefruit!

Cinnamonda said...

Thank you, Cynthia! Prepared this way they are really tasty. :)