Watermelon Granita

I don’t know why but I’ve always been intimidated by the term “granita” and thought it was too fancy for me to try on my own.

Well, it is fancy! But guess what, it’s also super easy, and really fresh and light. A perfect summer dessert. The flavor is so obviously watermelon without being cloyingly sweet. It’s just right. You have to try it.

I followed the recipe from my latest Bon Appetit Magazine . They also featured an Espresso and an Almond Granita as well. I’m definitely going to try the almond next.

Watermelon Granita:
4 cups (1 3/4 pounds) cubed seedless watermelon (from a 4-lb. melon)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Purée all ingredients in a blender (I used a food processor) until smooth. Pour into a 9x9x2″ metal baking pan. Freeze mixture for 1 hour. Stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork. Cover and freeze mixture until firm, might as well leave it over night.

Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes. Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover tightly with foil and keep frozen. Give it a quick scrape before serving.

10 Responses to “Watermelon Granita”

  1. Parsley Sage posted on June 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm (#)

    Looks and sounds delicious and so refreshing 🙂 Can’t wait to see the almond!

  2. Torviewtoronto posted on June 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm (#)

    this is deliciously done looks refreshing

  3. Diethood.com posted on June 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm (#)

    Looks beautiful! I hate watermelon, but that looks pretty amazing. 🙂

  4. Sabrina posted on June 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm (#)

    this looks amazing!!! I agree the almond would be next to try on my list! please post if you do!!

  5. Sutapa posted on June 9, 2011 at 10:34 am (#)

    Watermelon Granita seems a very refreshing summer treat!

  6. Liz posted on June 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm (#)

    seriously amazing!!! When you get back we are doing a pool day/bbq!!

  7. Mo posted on June 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm (#)

    We made it this weekend and everyone wanted the recipe! So yummy! I think that if you have a good watermelon, you can even cut back on the sugar some more – ours was really quite sweet.

  8. Kim - Liv Life posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm (#)

    So many times we have too much watermelon left over. What a perfect way to use it up! So… I wonder how it would be with a touch of rum????!! 🙂

  9. Ms.S posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am (#)

    Thx for this post.
    I finally made it!
    check out my blog to see it!
    thank you


  10. blacksandbrights posted on July 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm (#)

    i just featured a watermelon granita on my blog as well – i love anything and everything watermelon xx

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