Adorable little tarts made with phyllo dough and homemade grapefruit curd make a refreshing dessert to brighten up any winter’s day!
My parents go to Florida every year for a few months during the winter to escape the bitter cold and snow. A few years ago, my husband and I went down to visit them and my favorite part was getting to have breakfast with my mom like when I was younger – just the two of us ❤
We both love grapefruit and would have one every morning together while sitting and chatting until everyone else woke up. I can still remember saying to my mom that it was the best grapefruit I had ever had. She smiled and told me that it’s one of the many reasons my parents choose to go back to Florida every year instead of somewhere else.
You see, Florida grapefruit is at its sweetest and juiciest right at the peak of winter (January – March) which is perfect when other ripe fruits are not available. Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate are what make Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world. The downside is that it can take a toll on the outer appearance of the skin but hey, we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover 🙂
So even though I’m not in Florida having breakfast with my mom right now, I can still pretend that I’m surrounded by sunny skies and warmer temps every time I snack on some Florida grapefruit. With the big bag I picked up, I also decided to use some to make dessert for company we were having over.
I made phyllo tarts and filled them with a refreshing and delicious grapefruit curd. They were nice and light with the crispy phyllo crust.
These would make a great dessert for company or Valentine’s Day. Just shape the tarts and grapefruit pieces into hearts and pretend you’re somewhere bright and warm too 🙂