Saturday, 28 January 2012

Recipes - Watermelon Granita

So granita has become my new favourite thing, it is like eating fruit flavoured snow, and I've already considered about 50 different flavour combinations!  It's easy to make, just requires a couple of hours at home as it needs your attention for about 1 minute an hour for 6 hours.  The great thing is that it can be made the day before and left in the freezer until required.

1/4 watermelon, about 2kg, cubed
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

Step 1 - Place a baking dish in the freezer.
Step 2 - Place sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat to high and simmer for 3-4 minutes, until syrup thickens.
Step 3 - Place watermelon and sugar syrup into food processor and process until smooth.  Pass through a fine sieve and pour into baking dish.  Return to freezer.
Step 4 - After two hours, remove dish from freezer and run a fork over the surface. Granita should be half frozen so push the edges to the centre, smooth over and return to freezer.  Leave for 1 hour then remove and run and fork over the surface.  Repeat 2-3 times until granita is frozen into small crystals and there are no lumps.  Leave in freezer until required.

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