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Melon "Granita"

17 Reviews
88% would make this recipe again

Another Italian contribution to summer desserts, «granita» (pr. grah-nee-tah) is a grainy frozen mixture of sugar, water, and a flavoured liquid. Less rich and easier to prepare than its close cousin, the sorbet, «granita» is always a great hit with kids.

Preparation : 10 min Standing : 45 min
70 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly
  • Artery-healthy
  • Heart-healthy

Ingredients

1 melon 800 g
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 3/4 lemon
8 tbsp sugar, or to taste 100 g
1 cup water 250 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful for this recipe.

For best flavour and consistency, serve the granita the same day you make it.

Method

  1. Peel the melon and remove the seeds. Coarsely dice the flesh, then transfer it to the jar of a blender. Pour in the lemon juice, sugar, and water, then pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large glass or metal pan, large enough so that the liquid will be less than 1 cm thick. Freeze until the mixture becomes a firm slush, about 40 min.
  3. Scrape the surface with a fork and spoon out the shavings into transparent glasses to serve. If the crystals are not ready yet, scrape the frozen edges and push them towards the centre, then put the pan back into the freezer, repeating the operation after 15 min, until the liquid is totally frozen.

Remarks

Unused granita may be kept 2 days in the refrigerator. Put it back in the freezer 30-40 min before serving and repeat the scraping operation.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (100g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

70

Fat

0 g

0 %

Saturated 0 g
+ Trans 0 g

0 %

Cholesterol

0 mg

Sodium

10 mg

0 %

Carbohydrate

17 g

6 %

Fibre

0 g

1 %

Sugars

17 g

Protein

0 g

Vitamin A

17 %

Vitamin C

34 %

Calcium

0 %

Iron

1 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ¾ serving
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Free  :
Cholesterol, Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Folacin
Good source of  :
Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Diet-related health claims  :
Artery-healthy

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Fruits ½
Other Foods 1

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Members' Reviews

17 Reviews (16 with rating only ) 88% would make this recipe again
MangiaQuesto
july 30, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Yum! Perfect on a hot summer day. I used honeydew melon and it was delicious. It took longer than 40 minutes for mine to freeze, though (closer to 1 hour.)

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MangiaQuesto
july 30, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Yum! Perfect on a hot summer day. I used honeydew melon and it was delicious. It took longer than 40 minutes for mine to freeze, though (closer to 1 hour.)

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