Granita or ice cream? There are firm ice cream supporters who would not substitute that sensation of fresh and delicious cream on a hot summer day, for anything in the world. Then there are the Granita lovers, and in this category we find the best chefs, yes, for those of you who have not yet realized, granita it is the new summer trend. No more sorbet or ice cream after dinner, instead there are gourmet granitas that quench thirst and are much lighter! Despite being a DOC Italian I never tried to make a granita at home, perhaps out of laziness… But the temptation to try was too strong, and my collaboration with Juiceman and the arrival of the 3 -in -1 Total Juicer in my kitchen happened just at the right time. It blends, squeezes and makes centrifuges, all in one, perfect I’d say!
But let’s get back to the granita, picking the flavor was not an easy task, it is after all an indulgent thirst quencher. Having in my fridge one of those baby watermelons, and it also was looking like its time has come, I decided to use it, and since it just started being veeeeery hot in NY, I decided to ad a bit of lime juice, just enough to make it refreshing. I had no idea that making a granita at home is this simple, of course I wouldn’t dare to compare the one I made to a true Sicilian one. All you need is three ingredients and a blender: watermelon, lime, and a bit of sugar…and you’re done!
The most time consuming part is cutting up the watermelon, and I didn’t want to ruin it so I took my time… 🙂
Other key elements? An aluminum pan, like the one for baking plum cake and a fork. Yes, because the granite needs to be made the old fashioned way, by hand!
For styling I headed to one of my favorite stores: Anthropologie, where I found these magnificent ceramic mini bowls (unfortunately I already broke one, and I hope they still have the green ones in the store!) As for the rest, just use your imagination and have fun!
- 1 baby watermelon
- 2 limes, juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Cut off the top of the watermelon, do NOT cut it in half, but just enough away from the top tp allow you to easily scoop out the watermelon. Using a spoon, scoop out the watermelon being careful not to get too close to the skin. Transfer the watermelon into a blender, add the lemon juice and sugar.
- Blend the ingredients until you get a uniform mixture. Transfer the granita liquid into the aluminum pan and place in freezer . After about 30 minutes, take it out and stir it (it will still be mostly liquid). Repeat two more times every 20-30 minutes and then leave the granita in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours. Once the mixture has completely frozen, scrape its surface and begin to gradually fill the watermelon with granita. Garnish with slices of lime.
- Note: To make the watermelon keep the granita cold while it is being served, put it in the freezer for 1 hour before filling it!