The other day, I was flipping through the channels on the TV when I came to the local weather. I left the TV on and continued what I was doing, cleaning, packing, etc. The weatherman finally caught my attention when he muttered something about a cold front. Finally! I have been counting down the days to autumn since, well, June. Unfortunately, I think it is safe to say that a cold front is not in my near future. I don’t know why I ever trust the weatherman. I should know better by now.
I guess I’ll just have to be resourceful and find another way to stay cool while I wait for the leaves to start changing. Plenty of sweet summer watermelon is perfect incorporated into a cool, icy granita. It is hard to believe that watermelon, limes, and sugar can turn into such a wonderful frozen dessert. It is like magic. You basically just throw it in the freezer and poke at it with a fork a few times. And magic! Top it all off with a pinch of chili salt. It may sound a little odd, but the heat from the cayenne pepper pairs so well with sweet, cool watermelon.
This granita takes a little bit of patience, but other than that, this recipe is fool proof. This watermelon, lime, and chile granita is the most refreshing, low-maintenance summer treat.
- 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 lime, zested
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place the watermelon, sugar, lime zest, and lime juice in a blender and process until smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place in the freezer. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, scraping the mixture with a fork every 30 minutes to create ice crystals. Spoon the granita into bowls. Stir together the salt and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the granita and serve.