I am craving all things frothy and frozen and refreshing. Sometimes that means an icy libation while others it can mean sorbet or ice cream. My son eats watermelon like crazy...until he doesn’t. In other words, I sometimes have a lot of perfectly good watermelon hanging out in my fridge taking up space. You know...that watermelon that has lost its full firmness but hasn’t gone bad? That melon. And we always have a bunch of frozen and fresh strawberries because smoothies are life in my household.
When I’m feeling especially European and want to flex for my kids or company, I make granita. And it’s the funniest flex because granita is so easy.
Granitas are little frozen wonders made from fruit, citrus juice, and a sweetener. That’s it. Unlike some other frozen yummies, it requires only a blender, a pan and a fork to make - no special gadgets. It’s a simple yet delicious treat that can be served by itself, as a snow cone, with seltzer added, topped with whipped cream, with wine, liquor or champagne added, with yogurt, on top of ice cream, and with lots of cold foods or drinks you want to give a little extra pizzazz.
This is my recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Granita:
- 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 1 cup strawberries
- Juice of two limes
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- Pinch of salt
Here’s what to do:
- Toss everything in a blender and purée
- Pour the mixture into a shallow pan - cake pan, baking dish or whatever will fit in your freezer.
- Freeze for 3 hours (4 hours if you use a loaf pan), scraping with a fork every hour to break up chunks
- Remove from freezer and scrape with a fork
- Serve immediately