Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am a lover of all things grapefruit. Citrus things in general are up my alley, but there’s something special about a ruby red or pink grapefruit flavor. So after I first tried my hand at a lemon curd and was blown away by its ease and flavor, I knew that a pink grapefruit curd was in my future.
The bright, sweet, soft flavors of this curd are inextricably associated with early spring for me.
As I fiddled with getting this recipe just right, we got a stretch of cool but sunny days, pink flowers popping out on the trees, and the neighborhood lawns turning a rich green. It’s a happy flavor tied to a happy time.
This pink grapefruit curd is a super simple adaptation of this simple lemon curd recipe. The technique is exactly the same, but I had to tweak the ingredient amounts slightly for both this and my blood orange version (coming soon!).
Because the grapefruit and the blood orange are softer, sweeter citrus flavors vs. the intensity and tartness of lemon, you need to back off slightly on both the sugar and butter in order for the real flavor of the fruit to shine through. It pairs really well with strawberries, raspberries, and the like.
Naturally this curd will be yellow, because the pink juice can’t win out against the egg’s yolk. If you want it to be pink, just add a TINY drop of food coloring (I prefer this gel coloring set and use it all the time). READ THE POST