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Grapefruit Spread


posted: 04/04/16

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This Grapefruit Spread is like a mixture of jelly and butter. It is AMAZING and should go on everything from muffins to in cakes!The Grapefruit Spread has a bright yellow color and a very smooth texture.


I’ve made a lot of stupid decisions in my life, but trying to redo my bathroom on my own while home with all the kids on spring break is probably way up there. No, I take that back. Trying to make my own faux wall paper out of contact paper and paint might top it. Or should we just lump it all together?

In a small mason jar, the Grapefruit Spread has a yellow pastel color.

If you are wondering whether kids would prefer to go to the park/zoo/or Disney World OR be carted to the hardware store for the 800th time in a week, wonder no more. I’m pretty sure that during that last trip to look at paint chips the two year old flipped me off.

To make matters worse, though I’m not sure that’s even possible at this point, spring break is over, the chauffeuring is about to begin again, and the bathroom is still not done. You guys, we still have wires sticking out of the wall and a floor lamp in there. If I wasn’t too horrified by it I’d show you a picture of the current state.

In a small mason jar, the Grapefruit Spread has a yellow pastel color.

When it’s all over if it looks okay maybe I will do a blog post about it.

And by blog post, what I really mean is a cautionary tale.

Far simpler than paint by number diy wallpaper deamon from hell home improvement projects is this Grapefruit Spread!


The Grapefruit Spread is drizzled on top of a half eaten Grapefruit Muffin.

Okay, you are going to read the recipe and you are going to say, “Grapefruit Spread? This is curd and she knows it. Who is she trying to fool??” And you, my friends, you would be right. This is in fact Grapefruit Curd. The slightly less tart cousin of Lemon Curd. Made exactly the same way and totally delicious.

But the issue was that I didn’t really think the vast majority would look at the words Grapefruit Curd and know what that meant, so it became Grapefruit Spread. And if you are one of those people who don’t know what a citrus curd is, think of it like jelly and butter coming together and making sweet sweet love and giving you this. You can bake it into something, which I totally did and will share with you later, or you can just lather it on some muffins or bread.

And if you close your eyes tight enough all you will see is grapefruit splendor and not images of DIY hell fire spinning in your brain.

This recipe was just barely adapted from my super talented friend, Trish.


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Grapefruit Spread

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice approximately two grapefruits
  • 2 tsps grapefruit zest
  • 8 TBSPs unsalted butter melted and cooled


  • Whisk together the sugar, three eggs, and egg yolk in a medium sized microwave proof bowl. Then whisk in the grapefruit juice and zest. Finally whisk in the butter.
  • Microwave at 50% power for about a minute. Stir, and put back in the microwave for another minute. Stir again and continue microwaving for one minute intervals until when you dip a spoon in, it forms a thick layer on the back of the spoon.
  • Strain it through a mesh metal strainer to remove the zest and refrigerate to cool. It will thicken up more as it cools. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Author: Lisa Longley

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The Grapefruit Spread is drizzled on top of a half eaten Grapefruit Muffin.

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  1. Annie says

    I LOVE grapefruit!! This sounds so perfect!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Annie!

  2. Trish says

    We love lemon curd in my house so this will be perfect for us. The recipe seems much easier than trying to find a supermarket with jars of lemon curd in NJ. Thanks. Trish

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you like it Trish!

  3. rachelle says

    OMG Lisa, your post is hilarious! I cant believe you took on a bathroom redo! cant wait to see it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Rachelle. I’m SUCH an idiot. It’s still not totally done, but I will take pictures for you ;)

  4. Mir says

    Ha! I am loving the image of your 2 year-old giving you the finger. I remember my dad taking (dragging) me to hardware stores and hating every second of it. But at the same time, it’s kind of a nostalgic memory. So there you go.
    This looks incredible. I am a HUGE grapefruit fan, so this has gotta happen.
    Hope your bathroom looks less terrifying soon!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Awww, that made me feel better ;)

  5. Shinee says

    My god, this looks absolutely divine! I’m sucker for lemon curd, and can eat that stuff by the spoon! And I only imagine how amazing this grapefruit version is! I make my lemon curd with all whole eggs, wonder if I can get away with it for this too. But I’ll make your recipe without the change first. Dying to try it!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you like it Shinee!

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