bowl of watermelon lemongrass granita
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Watermelon Lemongrass Granita

What-in-the-heck is granita? In the family that is frozen desserts, it would be the aunt or uncle of ice-cream and the cousin of sorbet.

I​n all of my 30 years I had never heard of granita until we randomly ordered a strawberry version at a restaurant (as an obligatory dessert) in Vancouver. T’was delicious. This version of watermelon lemongrass granita will ensure you feel the same as I did; surprised, satisfied and wanting more.


What is granita?

Granita originated in Italy, specifically Sicily, and has a coarser texture than it’s cousin, sorbet. I find it a simple & refreshing dessert (or snack) that pairs well with the summer heat. Also, it turns out that it’s very easy to make at home – you don’t need an ice-cream maker, like for most ice-creams or sorbets, you just need a freezer.


watermelon lemongrass granita

WATERMELON LEMONGRASS GRANITA


INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup white granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
3 lemongrass stalks, coarsely chopped
1 inch cube of ginger, thinly sliced
1 quart watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 tbsp. lime juice (~juice of two limes)



METHOD (with pictures)

Combine the sugar, water, lemongrass and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then take off the heat & let steep for 1 hour.



Meanwhile, puree the watermelon.

Once the lemongrass mixture has steeped, strain the liquids into the watermelon puree. Be sure to use a spoon to press the excess liquids through the strainer. Add the lime juice & mix.



Pour the mixture into a large glass baking pan & place in the freezer. Stir with a fork several times during freezing to form the granita.


watermelon lemongrass granita frozen bowl

bowl of watermelon lemongrass granita

Watermelon Lemongrass Granita

What in-the-heck is granita? In the family that is frozen desserts, it would be the aunt or uncle of ice-cream & the cousin of sorbet.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Steep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • cup white granulated sugar
  • cup water
  • 3 lemongrass stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 inch cube of ginger, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 quart watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tbsp lime juice (~juice of two limes)

Instructions
 

  • Combine the sugar, water, lemongrass and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then take off the heat & let steep for 1 hour.
    Meanwhile, puree the watermelon.
  • Once the lemongrass mixture has steeped, strain the liquids into the watermelon puree. Be sure to use a spoon to press the excess liquids through the strainer. Add the lime juice & mix.
  • Pour the mixture into a large glass baking pan & place in the freezer. Stir with a fork several times during freezing to form the granita.
Keyword granita, ice cream, sorbet, summer

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