Watermelon Granita

Now that the normal sweltering Texas heat has returned, I felt the need to make something cool and refreshing.  I already had watermelon in the fridge that was quickly growing in age.  After looking at the watermelon for what seemed like the 83rd time, I remembered a recipe Pioneer Woman posted a while back.  Back in July, she made watermelon granita on a hot Oklahoma day.  I thought this would be the perfect use for the left over watermelon.

I didn’t take step by step pictures for a few reasons.

  1. I wasn’t in a patient mood to snap each individual step.
  2. PW’s tutorial is all you need.
  3. The recipe is pretty self explanatory.

Watermelon Granita (tweaked slightly from PW)

  • Half of a seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 4 limes
  • 1 c water

Directions:

Cut the watermelon in half and save the rest for later.  Continue halving the watermelon until you have small enough pieces to easily work with.  Remove the rind and roughly dice.

Juice the 4 limes.

Put the sugar, lime juice,water, and watermelon pieces in a blender.  It may take 2 batches to fit all of the watermelon.  Blend until smooth.

Pour liquid into 1-2 glass 9×13 pans and cover.  Freeze until set.  With a fork, scrap the icy mixture until all of the ice is flaky watermelon pieces.  Freeze in a tightly sealed container. Refluff the ice whenever you feel the call for watermelon granita.

This is a little piece of paradise in the middle of this heat.

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