You only need ONE ingredient for this fun and delicious Watermelon Granita!
You guys are going to be so annoyed by how many photos this post has, but you know what? Watermelon is pretty, ‘yo!
So, I have had lots and lots and lots and lots of people ask me how I do it. How do I basically have a full time job, work from home, and have three small kids.
My typical answer is: I don’t know.
The reality of the situation is that there are probably lots of complicated answers to that question. I have a loving husband who is supportive and shoos me out of the house a couple times a month to get work done, I have kids who are on a pretty rigid schedule when it comes to naps/rest time so that I have a guaranteed chunk of time, and I have really really patient kids who play independently around me while I am making food/writing up posts/scheduling social media/taking pictures . . . .
Most of the time.
While shooting this Watermelon Granita, Piper just couldn’t hold back. She wanted in on it.
So I started giving her little bites in the hopes that it would satisfy her long enough to get her paws out of my shot, but . . . . ummm . . . . it didn’t. And do you know that shooting frozen treats in the middle of July in Wisconsin next to a bright sunny window is an exercise in futility? Everything wants to melt before you can capture it in all it’s frozen glory!
Which is . . . perhaps . . . another reason why I feel the need to include about 8 hudrendy pictures in this post. It is beyond amazing to me that between thawing watermelon and chubby baby fingers that I was able to capture this fun dessert!
Granita is typically just frozen fruit puree with a little sugar to it. (The first granita I ever made was just apple sauce, honey, and a little lemon juice, yummy!) It’s way simple, guys. But! I found that the watermelon I bought was SO ripe and so delicious that it didn’t need anything. I had thought about adding some honey or agave nectar, but it really didn’t need it.
But if you wanted to mix this up a little you could throw some pineapple chunks in your blender with the watermelon, or maybe a little lime juice. Or both! You just blend it up, pour it in a really big pan so that it is a pretty thin layer (you don’t want it to be much thicker than a half inch) and then you freeze it. Once frozen, scrape it up with a fork and spoon it back into your watermelon shell. Serve it right away or cover it with aluminum foil and serve it later. Done and done! And easy, and pretty healthy dessert!
I’m sure you will love it as much as Piper did who sat clapping for more and more and more Watermelon Granita :)
- 1/2 a small to medium very ripe watermelon
- Scoop the insides of the watermelon out and into a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Save the watermelon shell by covering it with aluminum foil and placing it in the refrigerator.
- Pour the liquid from the blended watermelon into a large baking dish. Mine was approximately 15" by 10". Be sure your liquid layer isn't too thick, not much more than a half inch.Freeze overnight.
- Remove the dish from the freezer and scrape up the watermelon with a fork. You want to work pretty quickly scraping up the watermelon and breaking up any larger chunks.
- Spoon the watermelon back into the reserved shell and either serve immediately or cover with aluminum foil and store in the freezer until ready to eat.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
This is the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen! I wish I could have been Piper stealing bites. :)
Lisa Longley says
Thank you Dorothy!
Wow! I had no idea you could do this! I thought freezing a watermelon would ruin it, but you’ve created the perfect way to freeze it and eat it, too! (Like having your cake and eating it, too. Or something like that. I really don’t know what I’m talking about).
Lisa Longley says
Isn’t it fun?? I thought I was a total genius until I googled it, BWHAHAHAHA!