Watermelon Granitas

The Summer months are approaching and granitas are a great summer treat. You can make this with virtually any fruit, however I chose watermelons. They are abundant during the summer, fairly inexpensive and can be found at almost any grocery store.

Granitas are basically like your snow cones you had growing up and are made by hand. The basic recipe for a granita is just fresh fruit + lemon or lime juice + sugar.  However I make my granitas a little differently.

If you want, you can even get a tad bit fancy like how I made these Bee Pollen Granitas.

 

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If you’ve got fruit lying around and a freezer that works then this recipe is for you!

Take your watermelon and cut and cube (about 4 cups) (take out seeds).

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Next I make a fruit syrup. To do that you take 1 cup of the watermelon juice + 1/3 cup sugar + 1 cup of cubed watermelon.

  1. Bring the sugar, water and fruit to a boil.

  2. Turn down the heat and allow the mix to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the fruit very soft and coming apart.

  3. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

  4. Allow to fully cool.

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I then take the remaining watermelon + the fruit syrup + 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice and place all in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.  Cover and freeze mixture until firm, about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes.

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Place shavings into dishes to serve. Enjoy!

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