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.
- 2 lbs ripe honeydews or 2 lbs cantaloupe or 2 lbs persian melon
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice (divided)
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 lemon, zest of, grated
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (optional)
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- fresh mint sprig, garnish (optional)
- 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.
- To the reserved ½ cup of melon, add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice; toss to coat; cover and refrigerate.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- NOTE: The name "granita" comes from a Spanish word meaning small grain or, by association, granular texture.
This was sooooooooooooooooo good! My guests all raved about it and asked for the recipe! I was a little worried it wouldn't come out right because I don't have an ice cream freezer so I just put the unfrozen mixture in the 'fast freeze' compartment of my freezer for a few hours, but it turned out sublime. I followed the recipe exactly, used honeydews and fresh mint but left out the pepper. I can't wait to make some more! Many thanks for this fabulous recipe! :)
Easy to make and good. I used honeydew, and the color was just a little strange. I think canteloupe would have been a little prettier.