Watermelon Granita

Watermelon and summer goes hand in hand. I mean there is nothing more refreshing than taking a huge bite out of a watermelon slice. Unless there is a frozen shaved ice version! (minus the shaving) Interested? Check out the video on how to make this refreshing dessert with some watermelon, a cucumber, mint, sugar, salt, a freezer and a fork.

Ingredients:
5 cups watermelon (cubed)
1/2 cucumber
1 tbsp sugar
handful of mint
pinch of salt

Directions:
This recipe is very easy. First grab the watermelon and cube up 5 cups worth. Then blend it till it’s smooth. Then peel the cucumber, cut it into strips to de-seed it, and cut them into 1 inch pieces. Add that to the watermelon along with a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp of sugar and give it another blend.

Next you will want to muddle some mint into the juice. Get a handful and toss it in; you might want to pour it into a pitcher first because you’ll need a flat bottom for this. Lightly crush the mint a few times. Do not over do it or you’ll end up with a bitter after taste, 3 – 4 times should be enough.

Grab a large baking dish with high walls. Pour the juice into it, and fish out the mint. Place the dish in a freezer for 45 minutes or until barely frozen. Then take it out and scrape everything with a fork until you get a slush. Place it back in the freezer for another 45 minutes, and repeat this process until you get nice fine ice crystals.

Serve immediately!

Thoughts:
With all this crazy heat coming in Vancouver, I wanted to make something refreshing and cool. I was looking around and came upon something called granita. Which is pretty much shaved ice, except instead of shaving plain ice and pouring syrup over it. You’re shaving frozen juice of some sort. The great thing about this dish is that you do not need some crazy fancy shaving machine. All you need is a baking dish, a freezer and a fork.

A lot of recipe had the same flavours you would fine for sorbet. While they’re great and all, I wanted something more simple in flavour and refreshing. Coincidentally I was eating some watermelon at the same time I was researching, so I thought why not? Watermelon juice is amazingly refreshing in the summer so it would be perfect for granita!

So I went out and bought a huge watermelon. I needed a lot since I wanted to test various flavours and ingredients. The first one I tried was watermelon and ginger. It came out alright but the raw ginger was very overpowering, even in small portions. So I took that out and tried it with some mint and lime. It tasted great, but I wasn’t looking for something sour since there is already a lot out there. The little bit of mint was very nice, so I kept that but it felt like it was still missing something. I started thinking what reminds me of summer and is refreshing? But it had to me something subtle so it wouldn’t overpower the watermelon flavour. The answer obviously was cucumber, and it was perfect!

I highly recommend you try this at home if you have any comments, tips, or suggestions please leave it below or in the video. I would love to hear from you!

Cheers

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