Today’s weather is amazingly warm at 30°C! Summer is back and hopefully it will last for a bit more.
Recently, I am a bit on ‘melon’ mood. Since the last time I made Cantaloupe Gazpacho, I have been eating a lot of melons, included watermelon. I love to eat watermelon on its own and also use to make into salad, like this one that I made last time. The juicy watermelon with its natural sweetness make it a great ingredient in salad.
This time, I have decided to make watermelon granita – one of my favourite things to eat at any time of the day! Believe it or not, I have been eating the granita on my own since my other half is not a granita fan. He is more of a sorbet and ice cream person. I would have preferred to share the granita, but I still enjoy every mouthful of it though on my own!
Granita is originally from Sicily, a frozen and slightly coarse dessert made from sugar, fruits or flavourings and water. Though some granita could me smoother, like a sorbet, the most original type is the granita that is scraped or shaved that gives its crystalline texture.
I have chosen watermelon because it’s juicy so it’s a pure fruity granita, adding as less water as possible. Sugar is added depending on the natural sweetness of the watermelon. You could add a bit more sugar if needed.
I have added lemon juice to give it a little edge to the overall taste. If possible, get seedless watermelon. If not, the pain is to remove all the seeds, else it won’t be pleasant to eat. I know it’s a bit of a chore, but it’s all worth it! Treat yourself double the portion than anyone else because of your hardwork! 😉
Instead of ice-cream, I think granita is a perfect as it’s really refreshing and great for summer!
For the Watermelon Granita:
800g watermelon (seedless), cut into chunks
50g caster sugar
3 tbsp warm water
3 tbsp lemon juice
1. Put the watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth. Meanwhile, mix sugar with warm water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the syrup to the watermelon mixture and stir to combine. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
2. Pour the mixture into a big enough container or baking dish and freeze for about 2 hours or until the mixture has started to freeze at the edges but still slushy in the middle. Stir the mixture using a fork and scrape the sides.
3. Freeze for about 7-8 hours or until solid. To serve, scrape with a fork and spoon into chilled individual bowls or glasses.
Wouldn’t mind some of this! It’s too hot today!!!
Yeah, the weather was great over the weekend!
Refreshingly delightful! it is hot here too and it should get much hotter next week (35°C +).
Oh wow! I guess it’s really hotter in Switzerland than in London!
Looks and sounds absolutely refreshing!. Inspired to try..will be looking out for a juicy watermelon in the market:)
Give it a go and let me know! 😉
I always love granita, beside easy to make it perfect refreshing to be a dessert!
Yes, definitely! 🙂
This is perfect for beating the heat, totally refreshing!
It’s addictive! I can just keep on eating. 😉
This is perfect for this hot weather here, super refreshing !
Yup it is! I really miss the juicy and seedless watermelon in Malaysia. I think the watermelon back home is sweeter and has more vibrant colour!
YUM! Perfect summer treat and I love your cute artistic pictures lately!
Arigato, Nami. 🙂
What a great idea for watermelons! This will be so refreshing & perfect for Labor Day grilling! Thanks for sharing & the tip to buy seedless watermelons. Will definitely do that!
Thank you! Using seedless watermelon will definitely cut down the time of preparation because I couldn’t get seedless one, so I had to manually remove the seeds!
The glass of granita in your pictures look refreshing already! .
Never try granita before. Look like Malaysia “ice kacang”. Hmmmm….So delicious and refreshing!!
It’s quire true that it’s a but like ice kacang. But I think ice kacang is more fine because a machine is used to shave the ice. But the idea is almost the same!
Love watermelons especially when you get super sweet ones which would be perfect for this refreshing granita. Never made granita before though, mainly because there’s no space in the freezer for a baking tray :p
Yes, I love super sweet watermelon, can eat non stop! hehe.
I made watermelon granita every year! So simple and refreshing!
Awesome! It’s hard not to love granita. 😉
Granita is great for summer days. Over here…it would be every day! 🙂
Oh yes, definitely!
This is perfect to combat the hot summer!
It definitely is!
Granita does spell “summer”. This looks so refreshing 🙂
Yes, I love to associate that too.