Tuesday, June 30, 2009

4th of July

The summer is just flying by! This weekend is fourth of July, not a huge holiday but one I always look forward to spending with my family. Of course this year I can't join in the festivities ,in fact there are no fourth of July celebrations up here, no fireworks nothing! Maybe we're just a bit to close to Canada. Anyways, this Saturday, I'll be thinking of my families backyard, watermelon, BBQ, fresh corn on the cob, and fireworks! To honor this holiday I thought I might share a simple dessert with you, so in a way I can be a part of the summer fun! Hope you enjoy!

Watermelon Granita

24oz watermelon juice (to make juice put fresh watermelon in a blender, puree watermelon, then strain liquid into a separate container)
1cp sugar
1cp water

Combine water and sugar -bring to a boil to dissolve sugar completely.
Remove from heat and combine with watermelon juice.
Place mixture in a large casserole pan so liquid is distributed evenly and in a shallow layer (about .5-1'' high)
Put mixture in freezer, every half hour scrape surface of liquid ( you should see ice starting to form) with a fork until liquid is no longer apparent. Make sure you put mixture back in the freezer after each scraping!
Scraping the mixture creates a fluffy texture and allows ice crystals to form.
Once your granita is ready, scoop it into a dish and enjoy, or prepare a glass of lemonade and replace the ice with a scoop of granita for a real summer treat!

Hope you all have a wonderful fourth of July!