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If you like grapefruits, you will LOVE grapefruit pie. Only 4 ingredients!

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Note: This post includes a long story that has nothing to do with the recipe. Please scroll to the bottom to get my grapefruit pie recipe!

It was the summer of 2006. I was at an outdoor music festival with my friend Julieand we were full of adrenaline, alcohol and nicotine (yes, I was once a smoker). We danced our way through sets fromGnarls Barkley, The Raconteurs, Kasabian, Thievery Corporation and Brazilian Girls.

Only two bands remained- Scissor Sisters and The Flaming Lips. Our legs were tired and we decided to relax for awhile on the grass so we’d have a good spot for the next act.

People were scattered about, laughing and drinking. The weather was perfect and the sun was beginning to set.

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A friendly, scruffylooking guy approached us and asked “Hey, do you guys like The Flaming Lips?” Julie was chatting on her phone so I responded for both of us, “We do; this will be our first time seeing them live. Can’t wait!”

“Would you like to dance on stage during their set in santa costumes? We’re bringing fanson stage and we need two more people.”

I stared at him for a moment trying to figure out whether this was a joke. He had bypassed everyone else sitting around and walked straight over to us. Was he serious?

There was a lanky, long-haired dudestanding near us, listening to the conversation with his mouth hanging open. I’m guessing I probably had a similar expression on my face.

Julie was still on her phone and had no idea what was happening. “Of course we’re interested. We’ll do it. JULIE GET OFF THE PHONE!”

The long-haired dudeasked if there were any other spots because they were his favorite band. “Sorry,” said the friendly, scruffy looking guy, “these are the last two spots.”

Hewrote down our names and told us to come behind the stage when the Scissors Sisters set started. “We’re doing what?” Julie asked.

We walked backstage and were immediately overwhelmed as we saw members of the various bands we had been watching throughout the day. We were escorted into a small room on the side of the stage where we were handed the smelliest santa costumes in the universe. After a day of dancing in the sun we probably didn’t smell like roses, either.We watched the Scissor Sisters set from behind the stage, which was pretty damn cool. More and more people began appearing around us in assorted weird costumes. I remember aliens and skeletons.

“Santas, over here!” There were around 8-10 of us. We were handed large flashlights and given brief choreography instructions which basically consisted of what to do with the lights during different songs.

Not a problem. Then I heard the audience scream as The Flaming Lips were introduced and we were directedonto the stage. I found myself right up front.

I stared out into the crowd. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I was supposed to be in the audience. Yet I was on stage with the band DRESSED AS SANTA.

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A lot of the set was a blur for me. I danced. I marveled at how close I was to Wayne Coyne, the lead singer.

I looked out atthe audience and saw the long-haired dude in the front row with a vacant, sad look in his eye as he watched us dance, knowing he had been socloseto dancing with his favorite band. I grew teary eyed when the band played my favorite song.

Since I was at the front of the stage facing the audience, I didn’t know what was going on behind me but every time I glanced back there were more costumed characters dancing on stage. It was unreal.

And then suddenly it was over. As we were about to turn in our costumes, Julie grabbed Wayne for a hug.

He had a ‘please get off me, you are wearing the gross santa suit’ look on his face but I didn’t care. It was my moment and I took ahug as well.

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As we walking off stage we were handedspecial t-shirts that you only get if you dance on stage with The Flaming Lips. You know, just in case anyone didn’t believe us.

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It wasone of those weird moments in lifethat happens when you’re not expecting it. But you never forget it. And for the record, this storyhas nothing to do with grapefruit pie. Which you should definitely make.

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Grapefruit Pie

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If you like grapefruits, you will LOVE grapefruit pie. Only 4 ingredients!

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Keyword grapefruit pie

Prep Time 2 hours hours 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Total Time 2 hours hours 50 minutes minutes

Servings 10 slices (approximately)

Calories 146

Author Jennifer Farley


US Customary - Metric

  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 cup)
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk


  • Add flour, butter and salt into a food processor. Pulse the machine on and off until the mixture is crumbly. With the machine running, slowly add the water until just combined (do not over-mix). Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. (Can be made up to 72 hours in advance).

  • Allow the dough the rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to approximately 1/4-inch thin. Carefully place the dough into a shallow pie dish. Place the dish back in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet. Use a fork to poke holes throughout the bottom of the dough to prevent air bubbles from forming. Line the pie pan with foil and cover with uncooked beans. Bake for 20 minutes, removing the beans and foil for the last 5 minutes. Allow to cool while preparing the other ingredients.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the prepared pie crust on a baking sheet.

  • Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, grapefruit juice and eggs.

  • Pour the custard into the pie shell, leaving at least 1/4 inch around the top.

  • Carefully place the baking sheet with the pie in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. It will still be wobbly but should look slightly firmer.

  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight to set the custard. Serve chilled or slightly above room temperature.


This recipe uses a shallow 9-inch x 1-inch pie pan, such as this one.
A store-bought pie dough can be used to save time.

Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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Grapefruit Pie {4 Ingredient Recipe!} - Savory Simple (2024)


Grapefruit Pie {4 Ingredient Recipe!} - Savory Simple? ›

Place the prepared pie crust on a baking sheet. Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, grapefruit juice and eggs. Pour the custard into the pie shell, leaving at least 1/4 inch around the top. Carefully place the baking sheet with the pie in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

What can I add to grapefruit juice to make it taste better? ›

Salt Is the Secret to Sweeter-Tasting Grapefruit

While it may seem counterintuitive, salt — not sugar — can make grapefruit taste less bitter and more sweet. Sure, sugar can drown out the bitterness and sour flavor if you sprinkle it on thick enough, but salt actually balances these tastes rather than covering them up.

What to do with grapefruit when you don t like it? ›

Sprinkle the fruit with salt.

Adding a light sprinkle of salt to grapefruit may sound odd, but it actually works. Paul Breslin, PhD, professor of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, explains that sprinkling salt on the fruit reduces the tongue's ability to detect bitter compounds like naringin.

What flavor mixes well with grapefruit? ›

Grapefruit: Pairs well with banana, basil, black pepper, caramel, coconut, ginger, lemon, lime, melon, mint, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, rosemary, strawberry, thyme, tropical fruits, and vanilla.

What happens to your body when you eat grapefruit everyday? ›

Grapefruit, like other fruits, provides a good helping of fiber, which can help support: Heart health: Fiber-rich foods can reduce inflammation and ease high blood pressure. Gut health: Fiber helps prevent constipation and encourages beneficial bacteria growth.

Why should you not eat grapefruit everyday? ›

It particularly affects certain anti-cholesterol statin drugs, as well as some medicines used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and even allergies. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can cause too much or too little of a drug to stay in the body.

Why do they say not to eat grapefruit? ›

The problem is that chemicals in the fruit can get in the way of the medicine breaking down, called metabolizing, in the digestive system. As a result, the medicine can stay in the body for too long or too short a time. More often, the problem is medicine staying in the body too long.

Does sugar make grapefruit taste better? ›

Not so fast. Not only does sugar add significant and non-nutritive calories, it can also overpower the naturally sweet grapefruit flavor. It may seem counter-intuitive, but a pinch of salt may be your ticket to grapefruit enjoyment.

How can I make my juice taste better? ›

Herbs and Spices Are Flavor Powerhouses

Herbs like mint, basil, cilantro, and parsley contain aromatic essential oils that brighten and enhance the flavors of vegetables and fruits. Even adding just a small handful of chopped herbs makes juices taste fresher and more vibrant.

Why not to drink grapefruit juice? ›

Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can affect some medicines. In most cases, it increases the level of the medicine in your blood. This can increase the risk of side effects or alter the effect the medicine has.

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