Watermelon Granita

A bracingly refreshing frozen dessert from Tracy Obolsky
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Watermelon Granita
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When you're making this granita, taste the watermelon before adding the simple syrup—you may need to drizzle in more or less depending on how sweet the melon is. To chill the granita even faster, use a metal baking pan instead of a glass one.

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Watermelon Granita

Recipe adapted from Tracy Obolsky, North End Grill, New York, NY

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus 4 hours freezing time

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minute, plus 4 hours freezing time


8 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes

¾ cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar dissolves)

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons, water


1. In a blender, purée all of the ingredients until smooth. Strain the watermelon mixture into a Pyrex or metal baking dish, and freeze.

2. When the edges begin to set, after about 30 minutes, use a fork to break the granita apart. Continue to freeze, scraping every 30 minutes, until the mixture is completely frozen and fluffy, 3 to 4 hours.

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