August 15, 2010

Watermelon Granita

This was another one of the recipes I served at the Healthy Baby party I recently hosted. It's the perfect summer dessert - cold and light -very refreshing. It's not creamy like ice cream or sherbert. It's more like Italian ice, but with large icy granules. Adults and kids enjoy this one.

Watermelon Granita
8 c seeded watermelon pieces
1 (6oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 c Sprite type soft drink (optional)

Put the water in the food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add oj concentrate and soda if you are using it. Pour all of this into a large plastic container, preferably one that is shallow and long like a rectangle. Freeze it for at least 8 hours. Remove it from freezer about 15 minutes before serving and scrape the top with a fork to create fluffy granules. Scoop these into your serving dishes and garnish with mint if you like. Serve immediately.
You can also skip the freezing step and turn this into a drink. Just whirl in some ice cubes for a frozen drink or serve over ice cubes for "on the rocks". Adding vodka to it will create a unique cocktail.

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