Ruby Grapefruit Tart

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

We haven’t talked about grapefruit yet.

I. Love. Grapefruit. I know it must come as a shock that a sugar-addicted fiend like me actually eats fruit, but my diet is reasonably healthy. And I eat half a grapefruit every day.

In fact, I love grapefruit so much that I’ve specifically avoided going on a medication because it would ban grapefruit from my diet with some awful chemical reaction. I can’t do that. Every day I need my fix, and if I bake it into a tart, well, so much the better. This is a tart for the ages! You’re going to love it.

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

A few days ago I wrote a post complaining about my body aches and pains, and I’m happy to report that I can once again move my head from side to side. Last week my neck and shoulders went, and I had to go through my day moving like a robot. My students found it hilarious. Well, until I reminded them that if they continued  to mock me, I’d have my revenge when I was all better. That stopped them pretty quick.

The act of staying healthy is a delicate balance, one that most of us struggle with. It’s not just about what you eat, or how much you move. It’s about how you see yourself. And I gotta say, mass media is working against women pretty strongly these days.

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

Before I had daughters, I would mindlessly read magazines on weekends, enjoying the endless (and repetitive) tips they offered up each month: how to be happy, why eating breakfast is so important, ways to organize my life, and the ever-present cover headline: drop five pounds in two weeks! Or something along those lines.

I never used to think about magazines or their covers much, but now that I have girls, I’m paying attention. I’ve gone through life being far too much of a perfectionist about my own physique, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls. I’m careful on all sorts of levels on that front, and one way to make positive change is to get the magazines out of the house.

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

Really. Next time you’re in a grocery store line, read the covers. They’re demeaning. And despite the fact that the magazine industry claims to be embracing more realistic body types, they’re still classifying women in a healthy weight range as plus-sized, and associating that with shame. And their cover models are still unrealistically photoshopped.

I’d like to put this tart on a magazine cover. That’s how splendid it is, and how opposite of anything horrible I find it to be. This is one of those times that I get obsessed by my own dessert. It doesn’t happen all the time, so when it does, you can bet I’ll tell you.

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

It’s so easy to make, too. The base is my white chocolate graham cracker crust, and the filling is just a mixture of fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, condensed milk, zest, and egg yolks. That’s all, folks.

Ruby Grapefruit Tart

Trying to raise kids with a healthy self-image is really hard. Trying to be a balanced, healthy eater is also hard. So make it as easy as you can on yourself, and incorporate some of those lovely fruits into dessert. They make for real showstoppers!


Ruby Grapefruit Tart


1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
1/2 cup fresh ruby grapefruit juice
2 egg yolks
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a tart pan that has a removable bottom with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and white chocolate for one minute. Stir until smooth. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar until the crumbs are moist. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared tart pan, being sure that you pack the crust tightly with your fingers or the back of a measuring cup.
  3. Bake the crust for 5-10 minutes until set.
  4. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Combine the zest, grapefruit juice, and egg yolks. Stir in the condensed milk and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15-20 minutes until set.
  5. Allow the tart to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to serve, slice into wedges!



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love that you eat half a grapefruit every day! and love that you made this tart! yeah, trying to raise kids with a healthy self-image is really hard with all the crap out there that tells us what is “pretty” and what is not etc. . I’m thankful my girls are still young, giving me a little more time but you are right. . as their mothers, we have to be very careful about what we say about ourselves and what we portray etc. . I say just take it one day at a time . . and dammit, let’s eat some grapefruit tart!!
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    1. Mir

      It’s kind of hypocritical of me because I do love magazines, but then I overthink what it might be like for a little girl to see those kinds of messages. It’s so hard to be a parent, but girls are even more complicated. I just don’t want to mess it up!

      1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

        I hear you, Mir!!! I stress about it too!
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  2. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    Woah, this sounds so good! I couldn’t eat half a grapefruit everyday, I’d have a permanent sour-face lol!
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    1. Mir

      You can always sugar your grapefruit, Vivian!

  3. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Before a couple of weeks ago, I thought I didn’t like grapefruit. How crazy is that?!? Now I’m addicted and can’t wait to start baking with it. This tart looks phenomenal! PS: Glad you’re feeling better 🙂
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    1. Mir

      You JUST started like it? Wow, catch up for lost time, Megan!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love grapefruit too, although I feel like it’s the forgotten fruit of my diet. I haven’t made many grapefruit treats, so I’m loving this tart. Sounds like such a delicious way to get your grapefruit fix!
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    1. Mir

      I eat it a lot because I have a theory that it mitigates colds and viruses. But that’s probably wishful thinking!

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Yay for a grapefruit recipe! I don’t think that there is enough love in the blogging world for grapefruit, so well done for showing it come love.
    This sounds like a lovely fresh dessert.
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    1. Mir

      Agreed. We ignore the grapefruit and it’s so lovely!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I’m glad you are feeling better, Mir! There is nothing worse than being in pain and having to walk around like the tin man! 😉 I am totally with you on putting this tart on a magazine cover! SO MUCH MORE uplifting than 99.9% of the crap on magazine covers out there. I’ve never had grapefruit in a tart before, but I bet this tastes freggin’ delish! My mother is a huuuuuge grapefruit lover like you, so I’m totally sending her this link! Cheers, dear! <3
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    1. Mir

      The Tin Man is scary. Don’t wanna walk like that if I can’t help it! 🙂

  7. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    So Mir, I have a confession, I’m not a huge grapefruit lover – but, if it’s in tart form – ooh there’d be no stopping me from grabbing seconds and thirds!
    I work in advertising and I know well how misleading certain pictures can be – my daughter grew up with me showing her untouched and retouched photos so she has always avoided certain publications – but, don’t think she’d avoid this tart though!
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    1. Mir

      I think fruit is always better in a tart. I avoid a lot of fruit myself, until it’s baked into dessert!

  8. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    You are SO right about the influences of so many things surrounding our kids, and once again, so glad to see you speaking out on sending the best message possible. Meantime, I never (ever!) think of grapefruit as an ingredient – why is that? I need to mend my ways with this delectable looking tart – pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Kate! I usually just have my grapefruit straight up, and then it was feeling neglected, so…here we are!

  9. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Yep – this is the cover that would catch my attention at the check-out! So glad you’re feeling better! Not fun! I love reading about your reactions to your students…I would have loved a teacher like you! This tart has my name written all over it! I love grapefruit too!
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    1. Mir

      My students are the best, and they crack me up. I hope I crack them up, too!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Oh so true! They just Photoshop all their covers , I see girls starving themselves for that perfect figure! Anyway glad to know you are feeling better now , love this tart! I have never baked with grapefruit, that totally needs to change!!

    1. Mir

      Yeah, Photoshop is great for some things, and very dangerous for others.

  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Love your thoughts on body-image! I was never a magazine person, but once I discovered ONLINE magazines, I realized pretty quickly that they were perpetuating some seriously unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. AND YES- instead of photoshopped models, can we just have desserts on the front of every magazine? I’d be down.
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    1. Mir

      Online magazines have it too, and it’s everywhere! No way to avoid it forever, but maybe while they’re younger and more impressionable. But yeah, I’m pretty powerless here!

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I swear I never want to buy Jordan a magazine other than American Girl. The photos are totally not obtainable!! I’m so glad you’re feeling better, neck pain SUCKS. Love this tart – can you believe I’ve never had a grapefruit? HA!
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    1. Mir

      American Girl is a good choice! And whaaaat? Why not? Do you not like the idea of a huge bitter citrus fruit? 🙂

  13. Amanda

    When you really start paying attention to advertising, especially advertising depicting women, it can really start to feel disheartening. I really try to laugh off or just avoid it entirely.
    Whenever I’m at the grocery store I always go for oranges instead of grapefruit, and I don’t really know why. It’s time to give the grapefruit more love. This tart sounds so refreshing. It looks like a slice of a summer day!
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    1. Mir

      It’s probably good to laugh it off, but then I think about all the harm it’s doing. I get really annoyed if I think about it too much!

  14. mira

    Love grapefruit! I also eat grapefruit almost every day, but rarely use it in recipes! This tart looks perfect! Even though I don’t have kids yet, I’m sure it is so hard to raise them with a healthy self image 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’m thinking it’s going to be tough, Mira. But I’ll do my best…

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