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A Much Easier Grapefruit Pie

by on February 25, 2008 · 11 comments

Fuzz is home sick, but she’s not missing school because there is none. It’s Conference Day, when families talk with the teacher, view their child’s portfolio and visit class centers. Fuzz’s conference went well, so I took her to Barnes and Noble to buy an Amelia Bedelia book. She said she wanted to read it to her old Kindergarten teacher’s class and seems really excited about the idea. I was so proud of her, I bought her a Pokemon movie which she volunteered to pay for with her own money.  She’s just so sweet –even moreso when she’s feeling rundown. I hate to admit it, but one nice thing about a sick child is they sit still long enough to be cuddled. Sheesh, that sounds terrible. Get well, Fuzz!

In the meantime, I’m about to go wash (more) dishes leftover from yesterday’s grapefruit pie adventure. For now, here’s a much easier recipe from a cookbook our grocery store put out. This picture was taken about 3 years ago.

grapefruit pie

Easy Grapefruit Pie

Crust:
1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (22 squares, crushed)
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 of a 3 ounce package strawberry gelatin (eyeball it or weigh it)
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Ruby Red Grapefruits, peeled, sectioned, membranes removed
Whipped Topping of some sort for garnish

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9 inch glass pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Filling:
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, whisk together water, sugar and flour. Continue cooking over medium, whisking (almost) constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and gelatin. Set aside to cool.

Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Arrange grapefruit over cream cheese filling. Pour gelatin mixture over grapefruit and chill until set.

Garnish with whipped topping.

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Published on February 25, 2008

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy D. February 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Hope Fuzz gets better soon. We went to the playground at Southpark Meadows and did a little shopping to enjoy a day off ffrom school. It’s so windy out though!
Hugs to Fuzz.

Joe February 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Aww – being sick is no fun. I hope you get well soon Fuzz!

RecipeGirl February 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm

OMG… Although I hate for my son to be sick and feel miserable, I do treasure those snuggly “I need mommy” moments!!

laura February 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I love Amelia Bedelia! Fuzz is a girl after my own heart

Jessica February 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Wow looks great! Ive never seen a grapefruit pie before! Looks very refreshing.

Debbi February 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm

I am not a grapefruit fan at all. I have never heard of a grapefruit pie. I would love to steal a bite though as I am curious. Even though I’m sure it is sweet, I am picturing it tasting sour.

Anna February 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

This is a pie that even non-grapefruit lovers will like. Trust me.

Anonymous February 25, 2008 at 9:45 pm

I have been an avid reader of your blog! The moment I have an urge to bake anything I head straight here! I just HAD to comment your cute story. It just reminds me of days when I’m sick (and even when I’m not hehe… and I’m 21!) and just wanting to be near my mom. I must say that not only are you a great baker, you seem like such a wonderful mom to have raised such a sweet girl!

christine February 26, 2008 at 5:09 am

fuzz is so precious. you have such a wonderful family :) love reading your blog!

Valerie February 26, 2008 at 6:17 am

in the produce section there are these little plastic containers (two servings, but I eat all at once) of prepared grapefruit. they are so so good. you could use them in this pie to save even more time. they are called Fruit Naturals — made by DelMonte.

http://www.delmonte.com/Products/FruitItem.asp?id=54

they are sweetened, but once you pour off the juice, you have left most of the sugar behind.

Anna February 26, 2008 at 7:41 am

Valerie, thanks for the tip! Luckily, I found that sectioning and de-membraining the grapefruit wasn’t very difficult…..but this was a Sunday and I didn’t have kids running around, so those packaged ones sound like a good alternative.

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