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Melon Granitas

When the temperature soars, these chilly sweets will provide cool relief (and lots of smiles).

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 3 hours
  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 honeydew melon (about 5 pounds) or 2 cantaloupes (3 pounds each)

Cook's Note

Breaking up the frozen mixture periodically with a fork creates the sparkling crystals that are characteristic of granitas.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat sugar with 2 tablespoons water, stirring occasionally, until dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Peel, seed, and coarsely chop melon. In a food processor, puree melon with sugar syrup until smooth (to yield about 6 cups); pour into a large, shallow dish.

  3. Step 3

    Freeze, stirring and breaking up crystals with a fork every 30 minutes, until entire mixture is frozen and crystallized, about 3 hours.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2004

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