Grapefruit Alaska Recipe
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Grapefruit Alaska Recipe

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You'll easily impress guests with this dessert. It takes some time to prepare, but the rave reviews I receive make it all worth it. —Peg Atzen, Hackensack, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 large grapefruit
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 152 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Halve grapefruit and section; remove membranes. Return grapefruit sections to grapefruit halves. Drizzle 1/4 teaspoon rum extract over each. Top with 1 rounded tablespoon of whipped cream; Place on an ungreased foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cornstarch and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Mound 1/2 cup on each grapefruit half; spread meringue to edges to seal. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until meringue is browned. Top each with a cherry. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grapefruit Alaska in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p163

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