Recipe

My First Watermelon Granita

A simple introduction into the world of flavored ices, granitas, and sorbets! Make this in the summer when watermelons are at their peak.

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
My First Watermelon Granita

Ingredients

  • 5 cups peeled and seeded watermelon chunks (from about a 3-pound slice of watermelon)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions

  • Place the watermelon chunks in the bowl of a blender or a food processor, replace the top, and blend on high speed until very smooth. Turn the blender off.
  • Transfer the watermelon puree to a mixing bowl and add the sugar and lime juice.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixing bowl to the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the freezer and use a fork to scrape any ice crystals from the sides of the bowl. Stir to incorporate the crystals. Return to the freezer.
  • Repeat this scraping procedure every 30 minutes, or until the consistency is "snowy" when scraped with a fork or spoon, at least 4 hours. Then scoop into bowls or dessert glasses and serve.