Saturday, August 9, 2008

Watermelon, Lime, and Mint Granita

I have decided that I could live on watermelon alone. I absolutely love it! The flavor, texture, everything. This was a super simple, yet so scrumptious dessert. It has a ton of mint in it, so if you are not a big fan of mint, I might recommend using a little less, because it is just chopped, so you end up chewing alot of mint leaves. Although some family members just discarded the mint from their mouths. I didn't mind at all because it freshened my breath.

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Granita from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
9 cups (about 4 pounds with the rind) seeded and cubed watermelon
1 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped plus more for garnish
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup sugar

Working in two batches, puree the watermelon in a food processor. Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve, forcing the liquid out with a wooden spoon. Discard the solids.

Combine the watermelon puree, mint, lime juice, and sugar in a 9x13-inch metal pan. Place the mixture in the freezer, scraping it thoroughly with a fork, every 20 to 30 minutes for about 2 1/2 hours, until the granita resembles coarse crystals. Scrape one last time and spoon into parfait glasses or bowls. Top with a mint sprig.


Deborah said...

Yum!! This sounds like the perfect summer treat!!