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Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins

Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins

When you think about tropical Hawaiian fruit, you probably imagine pineapples. Mangos. And my favorite, papayas. It might surprise you, but citrus also grows really well in certain parts of the Hawaiian Islands. My aunt lives up in the hills on the Big Island, and has a small orchard behind her house. She called yesterday to tell me that her lemon, orange and grapefruit trees were creating such a bounty that she was literally struggling to give it all away. Luuuucky.

Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins

Naturally, after we hung up, I found myself with a mean citrus craving that I just couldn’t shake. And since I wasn’t able to magically grow a grapefruit tree in the middle of Portland, I walked down to my local grocer and picked up a few ripe fruits. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them at first, but ended up winning big with these Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins.

Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins

I love to sprinkle brown sugar over my grapefruit in the mornings. So the combination of zest cinnamon muffins topped with brown sugar-smothered grapefruit pieces might just be my new fave breakfast combo.

Take that, Monday morning.

 

Cinnamon Grapefruit Muffins
Yields 16

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Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 T grapefruit zest
2 T grapefruit juice
1-2 grapefruits for garnish

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 and line cupcake tray with paper liners.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, milk, 2/3 cup of the brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and finally, the grapefruit zest and juice. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Scoop into muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full. For garnish, cut the grapefruit removing membrane (great tutorial here!). Dip each grapefruit piece into bowl of remaining brown sugar, and place onto top of cupcake batter. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.

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