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Peanut Butter Baked Grapefruit

Tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Wevertown, there’s a small bed and breakfast called the Dillon Hill Inn. It’s run by an extraordinarily nice couple – the husband is a builder who built most of the furniture and the wife is an excellent cook. Besides baking some outstanding brownies and phenomenal scones, she introduced me to a new dish – baked grapefruit. Her method was simple: cut the grapefruit in half, spread a little butter on top, a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon, then bake until the sugar caramelizes. Top it off with a bright red cherry and you’ve got a gourmet start to your day. The simplicity astounded me and the taste was incredible. Baking the grapefruit helps minimize the bitterness and also makes scooping out the fruit easier. I can’t see a reason to eat a raw grapefruit anymore. Obviously I tried it with peanut butter.


1 pink or white grapefruit
2 tsp peanut butter (or butter)
1 tsp raw or brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon


1. Preheat to 350. Slice grapefruit in half. Spread both halves with peanut butter, then sprinkle on sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 5-7 minutes then set the oven to broil for 2-3 minutes longer.

Additional Info:

If you’re ever up near Gore Mountain, stay at the Dillon Hill Inn.