watermelon granita

  • ¾ cup (185ml) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1½ cups (375ml) water 
  • 1.4kg seedless watermelon, chopped 
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice
  1. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over low heat until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Juice the watermelon in an electric juicer to get 1 litre of juice. Combine with the sugar syrup and lemon juice and pour into a flat metal container.* Place in the freezer. After 2 hours, whisk with a fork and return to the freezer.** Stir to break up the ice crystals at 1-hour intervals until the granita is light and easy to scoop. Serves 4–6.

* It’s important to freeze the granita in a metal tray because the metal keeps the mixture colder and at the right consistency.

** Breaking up the granita at intervals during the freezing time separates the ice crystals before they are fully set.

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