Watermelon Ice Recipe
On a hot, sticky summer day, what could be more refreshing than cool, juicy watermelon? Watermelon ice, that's what! You can start this easy recipe (also called watermelon granita) just before lunch and have it ready for an afternoon snack by the pool. This is also a great recipe to make with your kids; as long as you supervise the use of the blender, they can do the rest.
- 4 c watermelon, fresh
- 2 T lemon juice
- 1/2 c sugar
- Cut a fresh watermelon in half. Scoop out 4 cups with a large spoon or measuring cup, and put it into a 9"x13" disposable aluminum pan. Note: Check your freezer to make sure the pan will fit before you fill it!
- Pick out the seeds and dispose of them. (Even seedless watermelons will have some small, pale seeds that you don't want to find in your ices.)
- Puree the watermelon in your blender, a little at a time. Pulse it so you don't make it too liquidy. (It should still have some texture.)
- Add sugar and lemon juice to the last batch in the blender. Return the watermelon puree to the pan and gently stir it to distribute the lemon juice and sugar evenly.
- Place the pan into the freezer, uncovered, for one hour. (If your disposable pan is too floppy, rest it on a cookie sheet or cutting board for transport.)
- After an hour, take the pan out and gently scrape the slushy ice with a fork to break up any large chunks. Be careful; don't poke any holes in the pan with your fork or the watermelon juice will drip out in your freezer and make a mess. Return the pan to the freezer for another hour.
- Take the pan out and scrape it again. This time it will be fully frozen. Drag your fork along the surface at first and then deeper to fluff up the ice and keep it from freezing solid. Return the watermelon ice to the freezer one last time, for another hour.
- Just before serving, scrape the ice with a fork again. If it has frozen too hard, let it sit for a few minutes before scraping. Serve in martini glasses for an elegant dessert or in paper cups for a cool, kid-friendly treat. Enjoy!
Watermelon Ice Serving Suggestions
Watermelon ice or granita has a sweet, mild flavor that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal or snack.
- Use as a palate cleanser during a multi-course meal. Serve a small scoop in a martini glass between strongly-flavored courses.
- Serve alongside a gooey, oven-fresh brownie for dessert. The crisp coolness will balance the warm fudginess beautifully!
- Give your kids a paper cup full of watermelon ice to enjoy out on the lawn on a hot day. The amount of sugar in a small serving is similar to an ice pop, but this is all natural and includes Vitamins A and C.
- Serve with cut-up fruits as part of a brunch buffet.
- Make an elegant accompaniment to a glass of watermelon juice at a poolside party.
|Serving size: 1/8 of recipe|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 18 g||6%|
|Sugar 17 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|