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Granita 101*

Light and flavorful, a fruity granita is just a few ingredients away. Our version takes watermelon, summer’s most refreshing fruit, and transforms it into an elegant dessert. Taking only a few minutes to prepare without an ice-cream maker or special equipment, this easy recipe is a cool finish to any meal.

1. Remove the watermelon rind and cut into large chucks. Any tiny white seeds remaining in the watermelon will not affect the granita’s flavor or texture.

2. After the watermelon has been puréed in a blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients, the watermelon mixture should have a smooth texture. Pour the watermelon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch pan.

3. Once the watermelon mixture has been frozen solid, at least 4 hours, use a sturdy fork to scrape the surface, working quickly. The results are flaky ice shavings known as “granita” in Italian.

*(Click here or Download the pdf for the companion recipe)