Watermelon Granita is deliciously refreshing and perfect for all your summer parties. It takes minutes to make, and is always a crowd pleaser!
What is Granita?
Granita is a coarse Italian Ice made with fresh fruit and water.
Hello everyone! It’s Mary Ann from The Beach House Kitchen and today I’m here at Oh Sweet Basil to share one of my favorite quick and easy summer desserts. Fresh ingredients are what desserts are all about at our house during the summer months, so this sweet and tasty Watermelon Granita totally fits the bill. When the temps start rising, there’s nothing like a refreshing, fresh fruit granita. It’s the perfect sweet treat cool down.
If you’ve never tried a granita, it’s a frozen dessert that originated in Italy. The texture of a granita is somewhere in between an Italian ice and a snow cone. What’s great about a granita is that there’s no need for an ice cream maker. You combine your ingredients, pour them into a 9×13 pan and off to the freezer it goes. Every hour for approximately 3 – 4 hours you simply remove the pan from the freezer and scrape the mixture with a fork. When you get to the part that’s not quite frozen yet, place the dish back in the freezer for another hour. Continue the scraping process until the entire mixture has been scraped.
Not only is this the easiest summer dessert recipe ever, you only need four ingredients to make it happen! Some seedless watermelon, some honey for sweetness, fresh lime juice and mint for garnish and BAM! Dessert is served my friends! Hope you enjoy and Happy Summer!
How do You Serve Granita?
Spoon in to small chilled bowls or glasses and serve with a spoon.
Can Granita be Made Ahead?
Granita can be made one week ahead, covered and stored in the freezer.
- 8 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Place half the watermelon chunks, the honey and the lime juice in a blender and process until smooth.
- Add the remaining watermelon and continue to process until smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a sieve into a 9x13 pan.
- Cover and freeze until partially frozen around the edges, about one hour.
- Scrape with a fork and then return to the freezer to continue freezing.
- Repeat the process until entire mixture has been scraped and the entire mixture is crystallized.
- Serve in a snow cone cup or glass dish.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves.