Pleasing Watermelon Granita Recipe


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This refreshing, ice dessert is thick enough to be eaten out of bowls, or can be made into a drink.

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  • 1/2 C. superfine sugar
  • 1 C. water
  • 4 C. ripe seedless watermelon fruit, cut into chunks
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lime, sliced

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Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Place watermelon and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Pass the fruit puree through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to push liquid through. Discard any solids or seeds. Add cooled sugar-water and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto a metal pan to a depth of 1/4-inch. Place in freezer for 30 minutes until crystals begin to form. Scrape mixture with a fork to break it up, scraping the ends and sides of the pan where it might be most frozen. Refreeze for another 30 minutes. Repeat this process several times for 2-3 hours until frozen and crystallized. Place dessert cups or glasses in refrigerator to chill. Scoop granita into chilled bowls and garnish with a slice of lime on the rim. 

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