Friday, August 20, 2010

Cooking: Melon Granita

Another wonderful thing about summer besides fresh produce, gardening, vacationing and swimming is ice cream, sorbets, frozen yogurt and a new favorite of mine; granitas.

A granita is a semi-frozen dessert originally from Sicily but really is Italian. Think of a grown up slushy!!

Well, I love cantelope and wanted to make a melon granita.

Cut the melon into chunks and puree in a blender or food processor

Add the sugar, lemon juice and salt

Add 1/4 c. water

Process until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the dish and place in the freezer.

Check the mixture after one hour. I don't know if you can see, but the corners are frozen.

Using a fork, scrap the mixture to create fine crystals of ice.

Then let the granita freeze for several more hours and repeat the scraping of the ice with a fork. If the granita is too hard, let it thaw out for 15 minutes.

Top with a mint leaf.

Fresh and delicious.

Although you cannot visit Italy... You will have Italy come to you!!


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