watermelon granita

I love watermelon and recently, I’ve been taking advantage of the rock-bottom prices (we’ve found them for as low as roughly 8 cents/lb) and delicious melons that Serbia has to offer.  My latest thing is making watermelon granita. Not only is it delicious and refreshing but it also looks pretty impressive — yet is incredibly easy to make! Granitas may be my new favorite summer dessert…

Ingredients:

  • half of a medium-sized watermelon
  • juice from  half a lime (lemons work as well)
  • 1/4 c sugar, or to taste

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Directions:

  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes and put half of the cubes, along with half the lime and half the sugar, into a blender.
  2. Blend until watermelon is pureed and all ingredients are mixed, then pour the mixture through a sieve into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and discard the pulp and seeds (this is optional — you can keep the solids in your granita if you want, I have done it both ways and have no real preference).
  3. Freeze for at least four hours, stirring and breaking up frozen parts every hour (especially around the edges) until the whole thing is frozen and fluffy. You could also just let the whole thing freeze and then take a spoon or fork and scrape everything; this will yield an icier granita.
  4. Enjoy!
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