Thursday, July 15, 2010

Watermelon Strawberry Ice (Granita)

>A granita made from juiced watermelon and strawberries and frozen and scraped, for a tender, icy and cold treat perfect for summer. 
A granita made from juiced watermelon and strawberries and frozen and scraped, for a tender, icy and cold treat perfect for summer.

Watermelon Strawberry Ice Granita

I tell you what, the good Lord sure knew exactly what he was doing when he planned for ripe and juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons right in the midst of The Dog Days of Summer Down South.

They are, every one, cooling foods, loaded with water and we've sure been eating our share of them here lately, no doubt. If you're heated up, I promise you that a big ole slice of ice-cold watermelon will cool you down right quick and well, I thought, why not take some and turn it into a granita?

Y'all, it's like instant air conditioning.

A granita is basically a frozen concoction, made from a mixture of simple syrup and some kind of flavoring, usually fruit juices and/or pureed fruit, wine and even coffee.

The mixture is partially frozen, then agitated by scraping it all over with a fork, and placing it back into the freezer, where the procedure is repeated several times over the course of a few hours. I use an 8 x 8 pan because I think it gives the perfect snow-like texture, but a larger 9 x 13 inch will freeze it faster, if you're in a hurry.

Most granitas won't require this much fruit - maybe about 2 to 3 cups of juice or pureed fruit, or some combination of both - but with a composition of primarily water in the watermelon, I did want to concentrate the flavor.

I also thought that the addition of strawberries would give the granita a bit more body and I added both the juice and zest of half of a lemon to give that extra punch of freshness that goes so well with strawberry. 

The flavor turned out just right, and with these hot days here these past couple of days, well, let's just say I've been in it more than a few times.

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