Honey Spiced Poached Grapefruit

"Tart grapefruit becomes sweet and delicate when poached in a syrup of honey and warm spices. Serve with yogurt or fromage blanc for a delicious breakfast treat, or with vanilla ice cream for dessert. From Whole Foods."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Cut a thin slice off the top and bottom of grapefruits with a small serrated knife. Working from the top of the fruit to the bottom, follow the curve of the fruit to cut away peel and white pith.
  • With a paring knife, slice along one side of a segment, separating it from the thin membrane. Slice down the other side to remove the whole segment. Repeat with remaining segments. Work over a bowl to catch juices. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan combine water, honey, sugar, grapefruit zest, ginger, cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve honey and sugar, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  • Add grapefruit segments and juice and cook at a very gentle simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove fruit with slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Bring poaching liquid back to a boil and boil until mixture is reduced to about a cup of syrup.
  • Spoon syrup over grapefruit segments and chill for a least an hour before serving.

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  1. Elmotoo
    In the end, we really liked this. I think 1 cinnamon stick & 1 star anise would be sufficient; the syrup was really strong! I doubled the grapefruit ~ there was plenty of syrup; perhaps this could be cut back? I like how this can be made ahead! Thank you! Made for Grapefruit Tag in the Spain/Portugal Forum 6/12.
  2. gemini08
    A lovely recipe! I used crystallized ginger instead of fresh but followed the rest of the recipe, delicious!
  3. Sydney Mike
    I cut this recipe in half for just the 2 of us, & now that I know how great it is, both in taste & presentation, I look forward to making it for overnight company! Definitely a winner no matter how you look at it! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hits recipe tag]
  4. loof751
    Great recipe! The honey, ginger, cinnamon and anise were a perfect flavor compliment to the grapefruit. I served over some cottage cheese and really enjoyed this - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for Fall PAC 2009
  5. Tina and Dave
    My kitchen smells wonderful! Great recipe - the syrup goes perfectly with the tart grapefruit. Thanks!


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