I'm envious of people who talk about growing up with a lemon or orange tree in their backyard.
Who are those people who can pick limes straight off the tree for their margarita?
Living in a four season climate offers a lot of experiences. But not those involving citrus trees.
Colorado has been teasing us recently. One day, like the day I took this photo, it's spring.
The next? Snow.
But now is not the time to think of snow. It's time to think of grapefruit.
By itself with just a spoon.
Or casually dressed up in cake format.
Grapefruits offer that hint that summer is coming.
A little sweet. A little tart. A little confusing to your taste buds.
Grab your Ruby Red, zest it up, and let's go!
What You Need
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grapefruit zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
For the glaze:
1/3 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/3 cup sugar
What You Do
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (I have a great silicone pan $0.49 from Goodwill. Yay!).
Combine the flour, powder and salt in a small bowl. In a big mixing bowl mix the yogurt and sugar.. Then add the eggs, zest, vanilla, oil, and applesauce. Add dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon batter into your loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.
When your cake is done baking, set on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Using a toothpick, poke small holes all over the top of the cake (you want the glaze to sink in, like a rum cake).
In the meantime, make your glaze. Combine sugar and grapefruit juice in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Bring it to a boil and then allow to cool, briefly. Slowly spoon/pour glaze over the cake. Give it time to soak in to the cake. And then drizzle a little more.
Let the cake cool completely and then slice and serve.
Imagine the warm summer breezes.
Even if you have to break out the weather ruler to measure the snow.
If you love grapefruit, consider trying this Ruby Red Pound Cake too!