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Sparkling Grapefruit Pie Recipe
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Sparkling Grapefruit Pie

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"I use Indian River pink grapefruit. Serve with whipped cream."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 day 4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Peel grapefruit, removing all pith. Cut up into bite-size pieces. Drain in a strainer for 4 or more hours, collecting the juice. (This can be done the day before.)
  2. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and 3/4 cup juice in a small saucepan; if the collected juice does not measure 3/4 cup, top it off with water. Bring to a boil. Stir in strawberry gelatin. Cool slightly.
  3. Spread grapefruit in the bottom of the baked shell, and pour gelatin over the fruit. Chill several hours or overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 10, 2007

We loved this pie and it was so pretty. I followed another reviewers suggestion and used lemon jello. My tree produces yellow fruit so that is what I used. I also used 3oz cream cheese that I sweetened and added vanilla. This I put on the bottom and sides of my baked pie crust then add the fruit mixture on top. I peeled the fruit like you would an apple removing the outer membrane. Then placing the knife along the inner membrane slice to the center and simply push the section out. Very easy fast and nothing but fruit. I can't wait to try this recipe with oranges and strawberry jello. UPDATE 3/10/07 Made this with oranges, peach jello, no sugar and a little lemon juice to give it a sweet/sour taste. It was fabulous!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 01, 2006

I'll start by saying that I thought the contrasting sweet and sour flavors really worked. The strawberry was perfect, imo. However, I took on board the reviewer's comment regarding the grapefruit membranes, and decided to get rid of them as well as the pith. Well, with 4 large grapefruits, this took a LONG time (and I didn't even need all of the flesh. Three fruits would have been enough). I then made the jello filling as directed. Once cooled, it was extremely thick and rubbery, and the pie was very difficult to eat. If I were to make this again, I would omit the cornstarch, and cut the grapfruit into much smaller pieces, perhaps even crush it a little.


23 Ratings

Dec 14, 2006

I found this recipe to be delightful. I used really fresh grapefruit from the Texas Valley area. They were large, with very firm fruit. One was plenty to make one pie. There was NO juice dripping after sitting for four hours. Had to use prepared grapefruit juice, which worked fine. The only change I made was to use lemon jello because that's what I had on hand. I've since had the strawberry and prefer lemon. Everyone at the office thought this was a most unusual presentation and really liked it. I'll do this frequently.

Feb 27, 2005

We loved this pie. It's cool and refreshing with just the right mix of sweet and tart. I used a jar of pink grapefruit sections from the produce isle. That simplified this recipe immensely. Also used splenda instead of sugar and sugar free Jello so the diabetics in the family could have some. I was pleasantly surprised and will be making this one again.

Oct 18, 2010

My Dad has always been a huge grapefruit fan! When visiting his Mom, our Nana, in Florida he'd love having grapefruit and insist my brother and I each have a spoonful of the juice. I made this for Dad. Used a graham cracker crust and sections of grapefruit. Used store-bought Ruby Red for the juice. Lemon jello and did a layer on the bottom of a combination of cream cheese + vanilla extract. OUTSTANDING and thanks for this very unique recipe.

Mar 31, 2008

I was so surprised at how good this was. I had a ton of grapefruit from a friend's tree and was looking for something unique. This was perfect sweet and sour combo. I wasn't expecting too much after some of the other reviews but I really enjoyed this. I made my own pie crust and I think it helps that the grapefruit I used were a really good quality. I probably used about a cup of grapefruit juice. I will definitely make this again.

Jul 28, 2005

I was excited to try this due to positive reviews...Maybe we are a minority, but....NO ONE liked it! The grapefruit remains pretty bitter and the glaze part is too sweet...the two don't mix. No amount of whipped cream helped! Beyond the taste factor, it was difficult to eat with the membrane parts of the grapefruit seeming plastic-y.

Dec 04, 2011

I used 3 instead of 4 ruby red Texas grapefruit


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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