The watermelon is something of a flamboyant look-at-me fruit isn’t it? The funky colour combination alone, bordering on the outrageous, makes it a fun thing for kids to eat. That and the lovely summer-sweet taste.
My kids love watermelon so much I usually don’t have to do anything to it to encourage them to eat it, other than slice it into triangles. But, now on our fifth watermelon of the summer, I thought it was time to get a little more creative.
Inspired by a more grown-up version in this month’s Delicious magazine (using vodka. Perhaps make a second batch for the adults, but don’t get them mixed up), this granita is the perfect summer treat: icy cold and thirst-quenching.
This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings.
- 1 small watermelon, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks (see MoKL Tips)
- 130ml coconut water (you could also try this with plain water)
- Place the watermelon and coconut water in the blender
- Pulse on high until you have a smooth liquid.
- Pour the liquid into a deep dish and carefully place on a flat surface in the freezer.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- After the hour is up, rake a fork through the granita until all the ice has broken up.
- Return to the freezer for another 45 minutes.
- Remove from the freezer and rake a fork through the ice once more (you should notice that more of the liquid has turned to ice).
- Put the granita back into the freezer for another 45 minutes.
- Remove from the freezer and rake with a fork for a final time. All the liquid should now be the consistency of a slushie. If not, return to the freezer for another 10 minutes.
- Take out of the freezer and allow the watermelon ice to soften for 1 - 2 minutes before serving.
- Any leftover watermelon ice can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
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