Melon Granita

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Total Time
20mins
Prep
18 mins
Cook
2 mins

Cool and delicately flavored, this granita is an ideal dessert after a barbecue or other spicy meal. Plan ahead as you'll need to start 4½ or 5 hours before you plan to serve the granita. This untried recipe is from the May 28, 2006 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and posted for Zaar World Tour II.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Peel, halve, and seed melons; cut into chunks and place in medium-sized bowl, reserving ½ cup of the melon chunks in another small container.
  2. To the reserved ½ cup of melon, add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice; toss to coat; cover and refrigerate.
  3. To remaining larger bowl of melon, add sugar, remaining lemon juice, lemon zest, allspice, pepper (if using) and nutmeg; toss to mix; cover and marinate melon in refrigerator for 2-12 hours.
  4. Strain juices from larger bowl of melon chunks into a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat and cook 1 minute; remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Combine marinated melon chunks and reduced juices in a food processor or blender; puree until smooth; pour into a bowl, cover, and chill for 2 hours.
  6. Pour pureed and chilled mixture into ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's directions; serve topped with reserved diced melon and fresh mint sprigs.
  7. NOTE: The name "granita" comes from a Spanish word meaning small grain or, by association, granular texture.