Hot summer days require a ice cold refreshment, and watermelon fits the bill perfectly. Want something even colder? Try watermelon granita!
This cool treat is easy, and incredibly satisfying, and with very little added sugar, its great for the kiddos.
To make it even more fun I scooped out a few lemons and limes to make mini bowls for the granita (tip: use the scraped out inside to make lemon/lime aid, yum!).
The prep is simple, and fast, just chop, puree, strain, and into the freezer it goes!
Then use a fork to scrape through the mixture every half hour or so until it is fully frozen...
... and serve! Cool and sweet sound just plain delicious!
- One medium sized watermelon (seeded or unseeded)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2-4 lemons or limes
Chop the watermelon into 1-2 inch cubes, and remove the seeds if using a seeded watermelon. Next puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor in batches, adding the puree to a pitcher as you go. Once all the watermelon is pureed strain the pulp from the juice. You can do this with your (very clean) hand or a large fine mesh sieve. Pour the pulp into a large mixing bowl and add back one cup of the watermelon juice. Next add in the honey and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a 9" X 13" glass baking dish and place in the freezer. Every half hour or so take a fork and scrape through the granita to create the ice crystals. Once its frozen, scoop the granita into the lemon and lime cups and serve.
There are many granita recipes out there, but I like this one because of the pulp. It adds a little more texture and well, umph to the treat. And best of all its a two for one deal as you are left with lots of yummy watermelon juice to sip on, long after the granita disappears. And trust me, it won't last long!
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