Friday, January 26, 2007
For a couple of weeks now, I've had an old grapefruit sitting patiently in the refrigerator vegetable crisper waiting to be taken out. Tonight was the night. Since I've had grapefruit thoughts filling my subconscious, I was completely smitten, when I saw this recipe on one of my new favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.
The weather here in Boston is insanely cold now. Tonight, the wind chill is supposed to make it feel like between -6 and -12 degrees. When I walked out of my office and to my car, it was painful. When it's cold like this, nothing says warm and cozy like something baking in the oven. And grapefruit reminds me of warmth and sunshine, so I thought this recipe would be nice.
Of course, I adapted the recipe. I used 2 cups of flour instead of 1 1/2, sea salt instead of kosher salt, 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt instead of 1 cup of plain yogurt, 2 large eggs instead of 3 extra large. I added 1 T of Southern Comfort, used 1/4 cup oil instead of 1/2 cup. I bought grapeseed oil instead of olive oil the last time I was in Trader Joe's, so that is what I used. And I added 1/4 cup of the grapefruit juice into the mix instead of pouring it over the cake after it was baked.
For the glaze, I used the remainder of the grapefruit juice, which was about 2 1/2 T, plus I added a 1/4 cup of sweetened coconut flakes. I baked the cake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, because it was still wet at 50 minutes. I cooled the cake for about 15 minutes in the freezer then poured on the glaze. Next time, I'd use much less glaze, because most of it dripped off the cake and onto the plate. I moved the cake onto a different plate and threw away the excess glaze.
I must admit that I only ate about a quarter of a piece. It was too late and I'm not hungry. But what I tasted was pretty good! I'll eat the rest of the piece in the morning. I'm bringing in the cake to the office to share with my co-workers. I have to spread the calories!
And on a somewhat related note, I'm no longer smitten by Isaiah Washington as I said previously here. I'm so disappointed. He has added himself to the list of actors who keep spewing forth venom. Behind that gorgeous face is something that is very unattractive. There are rumors that he may be fired from Grey's Anatomy. I love the show, but if it happens, I guess I can't be too surprised.
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