Remember a while back I was dreaming of watermelon gazpacho? I had never even heard of watermelon gazpacho before I saw it in one of my mom's magazines (Southern Lady), but I've had visions of it dancing in my head ever since. It looks so perfectly pink and refreshing. But my tweaked version is even better than a cold watermelon soup...
How about a granita! Oh ho ho! For those that may not be familiar, a granita is a type of Italian ice dessert.
Watermelon Gazpacho Turned Granita
4 cups watermelon, cubed
juice from one lime
1/2 cup sugar (optional)
granny smith apple, cored and diced
Combine watermelon, lime juice, and sugar into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a 9-by-13 baking pan and freeze for one hour. Take out of freezer, scrape with a fork, and return to freezer for an hour. Take out again and scrape with a fork. If still very slushy, return to the freezer for another hour, then scrape again. Top with diced granny smith apples and pomegranate seeds.
Here is a close up so you can see the texture. Mine was set up after two hours. I was actually scraping it while on the phone with my mom. "Guess what I'm doing, Mom. Scraping..."
"I don't want to know, and I'm going to hang up now," was her answer. Hee hee! It's so easy! See this post to understand.
If you're watching your sweets, you could totally leave the sugar out of the recipe! It would be a great dessert for dieters. Even diabetics, who still have to watch their amount of fruit intake, could indulge in small amounts. Just think of it in the place of eating a slice of watermelon, only it'll feel like a guilty pleasure because of the form that it's in. Hear that Cindy and Beverly? I'm thinking of you!
This is an original, and my family and I are quite taken with it. Joel says it might just be the best dessert he has ever eaten. Let me know what you think!