Life is like a box of CSA produce: You never know what you’re gonna get.
We all know what to do when life gives you lemons, but what about grapefruits? Sure, you could give them the same treatment and turn them into grapefruit-ade, but it doesn’t have the same kind of ring. Simply topped with a sprinkle of sugar and brûléed for breakfast is a nice treat, but it feels like so much work to painstakingly dig out each little segment first thing in the morning. When all I want to do is just go back to bed, that level of effort is really asking a lot.
Best suited for advanced preparation, they’re a perfect match with chia pudding, soaked overnight and ready to enjoy no matter when the alarm clock rings. As both an ingredient and topper, the excess grapefruits infuse the whole elegant assembly with bright, citrus flavor. Perfumed with floral notes from orange blossom water and the distinctly spicy taste of cardamom, the pudding itself contains volumes of rich, complex flavor that far exceed the average bowl of oats.
Simple grapefruit supremes would be a fine topper for a simpler finish, but they take on greater substance when gently gelled with agar, straddling the line between jelly and compote. Full of zest to spark your enthusiasm for a fresh new day, grapefruit will suddenly become the shining star amongst the predictable array of seasonal produce picks.
- 2 Tablespoons Tahini
- 1 Cup Plain-Non-Dairy Milk
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar, Divided
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon Orange Blossom Water
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Large Grapefruits, Divided
- 3/4 Teaspoon Agar Agar Powder
- To make the pudding, whisk together the tahini, non-dairy milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and chia seeds in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat and bring just to the brink of a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the vanilla, orange blossom water, cardamom, and salt after turning off the heat. Let cool before dividing equally between three small glasses or glass jars. Place in the fridge to chill.
- Meanwhile, juice one grapefruit and supreme (cut the segments out of) the other. Measure the juice and add enough water to equal 3/4 cup of liquid in all. Vigorously whisk in the agar, making sure there are no clumps, before transferring it to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute longer. It won't appear thickened yet, so don't worry.
- Gently place the supremed segments on top of the chia puddings, distributing them equally between the glasses. Allow the agar mixture to cool for about 15 minutes before carefully pouring it on top. Let rest until it comes to room temperature before placing the parfaits back in the fridge.
- Chill until the agar has set; at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight. Cover with lids or plastic wrap to keep the parfait for up to 5 days.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 9gSugar: 49gProtein: 8g
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