Double Takes is back!
This time we're changing things up again. Its a new year and I'll be honest ....I don't do the same thing for very long without needing to mix things up a bit. We've decided to have sort of a weekly plan that mixes up our double takes. We've enjoyed featuring other blogger's recipes and will continue to do that once per month. In addition, we'll be showcasing an Item of the Month (random item that each of us incorporate into a recipe we develop separately), a crockpot recipe (b/c everyone needs meal shortcuts...especially grad students that spend too much time in the lab and too little time petting kitties), and a bread/cheese/or something that uses or goes with bread and cheese. Sound fun? I hope so. If you have other things you'd like to see us test, let us know. We like comments.
This month's item of the month is.......GRAPEFRUIT! This turned out to be more of a puzzle than I expected. I like the tartness of this citrus. However, I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I like baking though so I had a couple ideas and settled on a crostata. This is the second crostata I've made now. The first, cranberry apple crostata with tangerine crema, was a major hit with my family the past Thanksgiving. This time I wanted to find something to pair with grapefruit. Yeah, what goes with grapefruit anyway?! I looked to see what other people paired and didn't really find much. I decided to think about appearance...color contrast, flavor contrast, and shape variation. I landed on raspberry. Weird, right? Tart with tart? Stick with me here. Since the fruit gets combined with brown sugar and then baked, its surprisingly sweet ...especially hot out of the oven or even reheated. If eaten chilled, the sugars can recrystallize and you'll definitely be hit with some tartness.
|Grapefruit Raspberry Crostata with Meyer Lemon Crema|
Reaction: I was quite pleased. This is especially good warm and even better with a scoop of ice cream. My coworkers (even the ones that don't like grapefruit) enjoyed it. There were a couple holdouts who don't like the texture of crema. I get it. It wasn't that long ago that I couldn't swallow custard. Its funny how far you can come when people keep pushing you to try things. The crema is like a custard. If you hate custard, double the fruit topping and skip the crema. Those without texture issues liked it a lot. Those eating it warmed with a side of ice cream liked it best.
|Have a bite!|
|Fresh from the oven, this smelled incredible!|
Hungry for more? Hit the jump to check out what Mel created with grapefruit!
By the way, if you've done something interesting with grapefruit, feel free to comment and even leave your link in the comment. I'd love to check it out!