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Meringue-Topped Baked Grapefruit

We need a bigger bed! That’s the first thought that pops into my head almost every morning; the first thought after a restless night of little to no sleep.  I don’t have many regrets in life… but not getting a king-size mattress is one of them.  Because here’s the thing: two good-sized guys fit on a queen comfortably. Throw a 52 pound boxer pup into the mix, though, and it’s really tight.  Maki also has a tendency to spread herself out, positioning her body in a way that’s perpendicular to ours, making it so her head and butt are pressed right up against our backs or legs.  In many instances, this results in one of us (usually me) getting pushed off the bed.  And I can’t forget to mention the many times I’ve awoken to her moans, groans, ear scratching, and butt licking (her butt… though, once in a while she’ll find an exposed foot or knee to go to town on).

Mornings can be a bit rough.  Coffee is always brewed and, depending on the amount of rest I got the night before, I’ll go for one to three mugs.  When I’m in need of a special treat, I bake up some grapefruit topped with meringue and smear pats of butter on toast.  It’s the fastest way to bring a smile to this face… and with the limited quantity of sleep I’ve been getting, I need it.

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  • LirenFebruary 4, 2013 - 1:21 am

    I feel your pain! We do have a king – we made the switch when we found ourselves with two little ones and two cats in our bed with us. Nowadays, it’s mostly just the cats, but that is enough to keep me from sleeping some nights. I’m just grateful the dog doesn’t get in the mix, too…

    I can see how these grapefruit can make the morning rise all better :)ReplyCancel

  • RosaFebruary 4, 2013 - 1:40 am

    What a great idea! I’ve never eaten warm grapefruit.



  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarFebruary 4, 2013 - 6:25 am

    What a fabulous way to make a pretty fruit dessert. This sounds like such a delight!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlFebruary 4, 2013 - 7:45 am

    This is brilliant! And seems easy enough that I could do it…even better. :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Stone | Add a PinchFebruary 4, 2013 - 7:50 am

    Oh my word! Genius!ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:12 am

    My husband bought a big bag of grapefruit the other day and I was telling him that they could be baked & it kind of blew his mind. I think I’m going to have to make these for him!ReplyCancel

  • MeganFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:45 am

    We have a king-size bed, and with a 95-pound chocolate lab who likes to lie perpendicular to us in the middle of the bed, it’s still not big enough!

    This grapefruit sounds amazing. It would make a lovely brunch starter.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:15 am

    Get the king bed! I am a small woman, but my husband is 6’7″ and so you can imagine the space he takes up. It’s worth it for a good night’s sleep.
    I want this for breakfast…pronto.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Well, that sure beats a sprinkle of sugar!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus DoughFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:45 am

    I want to eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and second dessert (which I just made up so I can have more of this magic). YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgFebruary 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Yum! This is my kind of dessert (or breakfast).ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksFebruary 4, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    Get. OUT.

    But don’t.

    Just get in? In a bigger bed? With this breakfast? There ya go!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleFebruary 4, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Great minds…I posted the exact same thing today. I was amazed how good this was.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny BrownFebruary 4, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    What a fantastic breakfast treat! I recently read about grilled grapefruit and was intrigued, but you’ve made the idea far more fun!ReplyCancel

  • KristenFebruary 4, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    You always have the most beautiful ideas. I love this!ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlFebruary 4, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    I must say that I’ve never seen anything like it- what a brilliant idea. You’re full of those!ReplyCancel

  • La Dolce EaterFebruary 4, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    Seems to be lots going on with grapefruit at the moment. Love this idea as a dessert. We created a grilled grapefruit with cottage cheese recipe in our new ebook, which is free to download: http://www.ladolceeater.com/new-ebook/ Sounds weird but is yummy!
    Came across your site as we were both featured as a favourite on La Dolce Vita Cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • naomiFebruary 4, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    First off LOVE the meringue grapefruit.Secondly, your girl is damn cute, all licking including. But I hear you about lack of sleep and I don’t have a boxer in my bed. ;/ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceFebruary 4, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    I love grapefruit anything, but this really looks spectacular. And simple too!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleFebruary 4, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKFebruary 4, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    B, this is going to happen in my house soon. I’m a massive grapefruit fan and I’m already anticipating the taste of this dish. Oh, and meringue? heaven help me.ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)aFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:18 am

    That meringue topping is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:21 am

    MMnnnn!… I LOVES me some of whatever that thing is!

    ¡Viva merengue!ReplyCancel

  • Barb | Creative CulinaryFebruary 5, 2013 - 10:54 am

    What is it with dogs anyhow? I have a queen size bed; you would think plenty for one person but then Abbie feels the need to sleep perpendicular to me and I’ll wake up, my body scrunched on the edge and her 28 lbs taking up more than 3/4 of the bed! I’m trying a kennel at night; she is so not happy!

    I’ll take one of those grapefruit too please; maybe that would help?ReplyCancel

  • Arthur B RaleighFebruary 5, 2013 - 5:43 pm
  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.February 5, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    A king bed is a total. My husband and I always say it was one of the best purchases we have made! I love grapefruit and the meringue is a great way to dress it up!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 6, 2013 - 3:38 am

    Mmm…. it’s like having dessert for breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!February 6, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Hahaha – welcome to my world!! My biggest regret is getting a standard double…. WTF?! What was I thinking. So I feel your pain, even without the boxer pup 😉 Been intriged by these grapefruit ever since I saw the pic on Instagram (or was it FB?) last week and they were worth the wait. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • StephFebruary 7, 2013 - 11:24 am

    What stunning photos! I can’t believe I haven’t come upon your site before. I started browsing through all of your posts and realized that we are neighbors :)

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your posts about restaurants in the area, and especially loved the post you did on the South End (I live next to Polka Dog). Maybe we will run into each other someday!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 8, 2013 - 10:45 am

    The.Boy and I used to have to sleep in a twin bed. Together. Both of us. It was…unpleasant. So I feel your pain. But what better way to make yourself feel better than by waking up to such deliciousness! That meringue topping is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Beth MaxeyFebruary 8, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    We just made the queen sized bed mistake too. Our pup fit so well at 8 pounds, not so much at 48.ReplyCancel

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  • Azita HoushiarFebruary 9, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    The prominent thought is: oh my! I want!ReplyCancel

  • MonetFebruary 10, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Haha. I’m right there with you. We have a full size bed, and with Ryan, Margot, Cricket and me with my ever expanding stomach…we need a MUCH bigger sleeping pad. What else do I need? One of these gorgeous grapefruits. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen something this fresh and lovely. Truly. Amazing work, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • jesselle penaFebruary 13, 2013 - 12:49 am

    I cannot wait to make this!ReplyCancel

  • JulieDFebruary 14, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    So beautiful, Brian! I’m in love with this!!ReplyCancel

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  • Alan F. BrownFebruary 4, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    I think I have (when you were young) tried to give you grilled grapefruit with crunchy brown sugar melted on to the top. Guess you weren’t into fruit at that time!ReplyCancel

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