Thursday, June 26, 2008

Granita - Easy and Refreshing

One of my favorite dishes to enjoy is Granita. It is easy to make and a great way to cool down in the heat of summer.

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

2 1/2 cups Cantelope (puree)

2 tsp. lemon juice, preferably fresh squeezed

This recipe can be used to any fruit granita.

In a medium saucepan, add the water and the sugar and stir to combine; make sure to put the stirring spoon aside. Heat the mixture over medium high heat without stirring until mixture reaches a boil. Again, without stirring, cook mixture for about 5 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When cool, add the Cantelope and lemon juice and stir with a clean spoon. Pour the mixture into a 9x12" or other large, flat dish so that the mixture doesn't come up too high along the sides of the pan-you will need room for stirring. Place the pan in the freezer, making sure it is level, for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, carefully remove pan and place it on a steady surface. Use a fork to stir the mixture thoroughly, making sure to break up any ice crystals that have formed along the side or bottom of container. Return the pan to the freezer and repeat the stirring every 30 minutes, making sure you break up any large chunks that form, for 3 to 4 hours or until mixture is thoroughly frozen. Fluff with a fork and spoon into small coffee cups or ice cream dishes. Garnish. Serve immediately or return to the freezer in serving dishes to serve up after your meal.

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