Watermelon Granita

Watermelon is a summer staple at our house. I love the sweet juice that runs down our chins and the black seeds that inevitably end up over the deck and will someday bring a harvest of our own beautiful watermelons!  A few weeks ago, we were heading out of town  and I still had a half of a watermelon in the fridge. Throwing out that big beautiful fruit was unheard of, so, I made this fresh, watermelon-y  semi-frozen  dessert and it was still perfect when we arrived back home. I can’t wait for you to try this one!! YUM! 
final granita

First, prepare you watermelon by cutting off the rind from the fruit. I love this method of cutting fruit.  Put the fruit flat side down and cut the rind of the watermelon off with a sharp, serrated knife, cutting at an angle. watermelon

cut off rind

 

supremedThen you can take your rind-less watermelon and cut into chunks. 

chopped watermelon

 Put the prepared watermelon into the blender….

watermelon in the blender

 Add 1/4 cup sugar and the juice of 1 lime…. if you have a super sweet watermelon, you may not need to add sugar.  The lime juice is the perfect compliment however! Who would have guessed! 

lime sugar

 For a special grown-up version….add a splash of vodka or any alcohol that freezes well…..

vodka

 Blend until incorporated. You can pick out the white seeds if you like, but they can be digested easily if you miss a few!  Place your watermelon puree into a glass dish. Since I made a vodka version and original, I went ahead and divided them into separate glass dishes. Put your dishes in the freezer for about an hour. Take dishes out and scrape with a fork- you are looking for a slushy type of consistency. Repeat process…..

prepare for freezer

Once your watermelon granita is fully frozen and the consistancy is to your liking, it is ready to serve! It’s soooo very good and the perfect treat for a hot summer night! Enjoy!
granita

 Serve with a slice of lime or with just a spoon! It is fantastic!

final granita

 What other fruit could we make into a granita? applesauce granita? pineapple granita? strawberry or cantaloupe granita! oh….coffeee and chocolate….Wow, I have alot of experimenting to do! See you soon for more yummy summertime treats! Next up…. my favorite- Peach Cobbler!!

 

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