It is Halloween time and it’s still warm here in East Coast, which makes me crave for cool treats. Ice cream is the first thing that comes into my mind. I had a left over watermelon lying in the fridge. None of us wanted to eat or drink the juice anymore. Then a thought came across – Granita. A very easy and delicious icy treat made with fresh fruit.
Granita is a popular Italian dessert. It is semi-frozen treat made with water, sugar, lemon juice and flavorings which can be made pretty much with anything sweet and any kind of liquid right from juices ( fresh or canned) to fruit puree’s and even with Italian sodas and doesn’t need any special equipment to prepare. For me it’s the best treat available anytime and all year round.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 cups 1-inch watermelon cubes (seedless)
1 ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
Mint leaves to garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Allow this sugar syrup to cool down to room temperature. Puree watermelon cubes along with lemon juice until smooth. Strain the mixture into a large bowl through a coarse strainer, using a wooden spoon to push the puree through. Combine the sugar syrup and this puree. Pour into a chilled tray and place this tray in the freezer. Scrape the mixture every 30 minutes with a fork, Make sure to scrape evenly. Repeat the process and continue to freeze and break up ice crystals until completely frozen, about 3-4 hours. Spoon the granita into tall glasses or bowls and garnish with the mint leaves.
Enjoy it anytime!!
Notes and Tips.
The granita can be frozen for up to a week. Stir & scrape with fork before serving. You can use all kinds of fruits both fresh and frozen for this treat.