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I grew up with Granitas (or as we called them, Italian Ices). I remember them being sold in small, four ounce cups in flavors including lemon, orange, or berry. Their sharp colors contrasted against the tiny wooden spoon which we were given in order to scrape off the ice. It was not uncommon to see the children of the area bespeckled with a multitude of colors where the ice had fallen upon their shirts.
Ahh…good times, good times.
You can add more sugar to the recipe if you wish, if sweetness is your thing. Others have recommend using a blender to “mulch” the ice after it has come out of the freezer, but I’m keen on the tradition of scraping bits of the Granita with a spoon of some sort. The decision is ultimately yours.
- 2 large Melons (I used honeydew)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Juice of one lime
- Juice of one lemon
Deseed each melon and remove the rind. Then place the bits o’ melon into a blender and pulse until nearly liquefied. Add the sugar and the juice of the lemon and lime and mix well.
Pour the liquid into a glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer overnight.
Remove from the freezer and leave set for 10-15 minutes. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, scrape off the frozen granita and place into a serving dish.