Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Doing Something Naughty to Grapefruit

Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Brooklyn
Summer Fridays are grand. With no work restrictions, you're free to wander around town, and enjoy two breakfasts, and visit your good friend and her little baby. And by visit, I mean packing the little one away so that you two girls can go eat pie together because pie is awesome and you were more than a tad jealous when she told you (and the world) about the pie she enjoyed while you were slaving away at your corner workstation. And now, my choice for what should be Florida's first pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds.....

Grapefruit Custard Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Grapefruit Custard Pie. BLASPHEMY! Grapefruit is for breakfast, cutting in half, sprinkling a good amount of sugar, and eating with the special spoons (yes, I stole my mom's grapefruit spoons.) That is what I ate for breakfast for the better part of my childhood-I believe we had a grapefruit tree in the backyard, how's that for locavore! Grapefruit was never for dessert or pie or custard! It's not supposed to be sweet and yet so tangy, like a ray of hot, hot sun in my mouth; light and refreshing with little bites of crust and a crème brûlée-like top crust. Grapefruit is not supposed to be one of the best desserts I've had all year and a pie that I wish I could have every day. Bonus points: it's the most perfect summer pink shade.

Salty Honey, Farmers Cheese, and Pear Ginger are all also supremely awesome pies and should be eaten post haste.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Avenue at 8th Street, Gowanus
(718) 499-2917
birdsblack.com

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