Grapefruit Dessert Bread

The ruby red grapefruit gives a delicious citrusy flavor to this dessert bread. It’s moist from the grapefruit juice, brown sugar, and yogurt, yet light as a cake. More so, Grapefruit Dessert Bread is a unique and tasty treat for citrus lovers.

Grapefruit Dessert Bread

Now that I live in the great state of Texas, I’ve learned that South Texas is home to ruby red grapefruit.

They’re sweeter than any grapefruit I’ve ever tried, almost like an orange.

Delicious, sweet, with just a hint of citrusy tart. So good!

Plus, maybe it’s just me, but it sounds unique, right? Aren’t you curious?

A citrus infused dessert loaf topped with a sugary glaze.

Making Grapefruit Dessert Bread

Just like The 3 Bears, you need 3 bowls: a Papa bowl, Mama bowl, and a Baby bowl.

In the Papa bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.

In the Mama bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.

You should not be able to see any dry, white flour. Once the batter looks mixed, stop stirring.

In other words, don’t over mix.

Over mixing can cause your bread (any dessert with flour) to become more of a brick. Bleck!

Grapefruit Dessert Bread

Make sure you grease or spray a 9 x 5″ loaf pan, then pour in the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven set at 350° for 35 – 45 minutes. You really need to do the toothpick test on this one.

The Toothpick Method

Checking for doneness with a toothpick means inserting a clean, dry toothpick into the center of what you’re baking.

When you pull the toothpick out, it should be clean, or with maybe a small crumb.

If it comes out with lumpy batter, bake it some more, then retest with a fresh toothpick. Never re-use a toothpick.

A citrusy loaf fresh from the oven sans the sugary glaze.

Once the dessert bread is baked, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

After that, remove the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

The bread by itself, is not too sweet, but if you love your sweet, add the glaze on top.


This glaze is scrumptious with the fresh grapefruit juice in it. I wouldn’t skip this part of the recipe.

Plus, this is when you use the Baby bowl.

Mix together the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and vanilla.

It should be a nice, smooth consistency that drizzles nicely off a spoon or fork.

You can also pipe it on, but you probably have the fork in your hand already. Why get something else dirty?

I like to serve slices of Grapefruit Dessert Bread with a thin slice of fresh grapefruit that I’ve cut into wedges.

Place a wedge right on top, then enjoy the grapefruits of your labor.

Are you a citrus lover?

Check out these desserts using other citrus flavors (lemon, lime, and orange):

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Grapefruit Dessert Bread

A dessert bread flavored with ruby red grapefruit zest and juice.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, ruby red grapefruit, tart
Servings: 10
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal



  • 6 oz. container vanilla yogurt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or spray 9 x 5" loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, eggs, brown sugar, oil, grapefruit zest grapefruit juice, and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Timing can range from 35 - 45 minutes.
  • Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and vanilla until smooth and lump free. Drizzle over top of dessert bread. Enjoy!


Serve with thin slices/wedges of grapefruit.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg
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