Impressive and delicious summer dessert that’s easy to make? Check! Watermelon granita is a flavorful and refreshing option for dessert any time of year, but especially when the weather is warm. This recipe uses the same three ingredients used in my Watermelon Lime Popsicle recipe (watermelon juice, orange simple syrup and lime juice), but in different ratios. Keep in mind that some watermelons are naturally more sweet than others, so if you feel like the one you have isn’t very sweet, you can add more of the orange simple syrup. Also remember that any sweetness you have in your liquid will be dulled a bit once your granita is frozen.
Once you have your watermelon juice (see instructions in the Watermelon Lime Popsicles post) and orange simple syrup made, you are ready to make your granita. The watermelon juice and simple syrup instructions make enough for multiple recipes, so you will be rewarded for your time in making them!
Now comes the fun part! All is takes is combining your ingredients, pouring the liquid into a metal pan and popping it into the freezer. Freeze the liquid for about 45 minutes, then gently scrape any crystallized parts with a fork. Back it goes into the freezer for another hour, then grab your fork and scrape and fluff the icy goodness again. Continue this, freezing and scraping, three times, and you will end up with a fluffy, frozen, fruity treat!
Once the granita is completely frozen and fluffed, simply cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it back in the freezer until you’re ready to eat. You can also store the leftovers this way in the freezer for about a week. Not that you will have any leftovers……
You can serve the watermelon granita in pretty glasses, or just hand out spoons and eat it right out of the pan. You will be amazed at the level of flavor in this simple dessert! So grab one of those spoons and dig in.
- 4 cups of fresh watermelon juice
- ¾ cup orange simple syrup
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Mix all ingredients. Pour into a metal 13 x 9 pan and place in the freezer on a level surface. Let freeze for 30-45 minutes, then take a fork and gently mix any parts that are starting to crystallize into the mixture. Place back in the freezer.
- After another hour, remove from the freezer and again using a fork, start to scrape the frozen parts into light, fluffy crystals. Place back into the freezer.
- After a final hour, scrape the frozen mixture with the fork, making sure to scrape all of the frozen juice into crystals. It should be light and fluffy. You can serve it now or store in the freezer covered with plastic wrap for up to a week.