Cantaloupe granita. It’s icy, sorbet-y, creamy, and melon-y. And it calls for just four ingredients: cantaloupe, sugar, water, and lemon juice. Pretty much everything you imagine a granita could be.
Cantaloupe granita. Lovely and delicate melon goodness with the lilt of summer. And no ice cream maker required. It comes together simply and easily with nothing more than a metal pan, a blender, a fork, and a freezer. Originally published August 28, 2016.–Monica L. Helton
*What’s The Right Pan To Make Granita?
You can really grab any metal pan that you happen to have to make this cantaloupe granita. It’ll freeze quicker in a wide, shallow roasting pan and will take longer to freeze in a deep, narrow loaf pan. Both options yield a refreshing and impressive granita, so use what you have. Perhaps the biggest consideration? Whatever pan you have room for in your freezer.
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- 20 M
- 4 H
- Serves 4
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The granita is a lovely finish to a comfort food meal. Light and refreshing. It cleanses your palate and satisfies any sweet cravings.
I'm looking forward to experimenting with other fruits. I set syrup aside to cool while cutting up the melon and processing it in food processor. The consistency was lumpy but in a good way, the sort of way that says this was homemade with love! Leftovers were fairly easy to flake with a fork the following day.
So pretty, so refreshing, and so easy! This cantaloupe granita came together in a heartbeat and produced about 4 cups of refreshing and delicious cantaloupe ice. When first frozen, the texture is like a silky melon sorbet. The next day, after being roughed up with the tines of a fork, it was more solid and icier and the texture was more like a traditional granita, a little grainy but still very delicious. A taste of summer.
My melon was very ripe and sweet; the next time I would add the grated zest of the lemon to cut the sugar a little and likely add more than the pinch of chile powder. All in all this was a lovely treat. I'm looking forward to using this very simple formula with berries next.
Although the purée/final result was rather sweet, I think the recipe probably needs this much sugar to keep the final product scoopable. I initially froze the purée/sugar/juice mixture in a 10-inch square metal pan. It seemed VERY sweet at first, but the sugar level became more balanced as the mixture got colder. After 1 hour in the freezer, it was well chilled but not frozen. At 2 hours, the edges were beginning to freeze. At 3 hours, it was quite slushy and I transferred it to a smaller container with a lid to finish freezing. At 4 hours it was lovely, creamy and ready to serve. I would recommend tasting it after 2 to 3 hours, adjusting to taste with additional chile powder and/or lemon zest when you stir everything thoroughly.
Simple and elegant!
This cantaloupe granita is an easy and delicious recipe. Serve it as a refreshing summer treat or as a light ending to a rich dinner.
It was fantastic.
I used 1 large casaba melon and it weighed in at a whopping 7 pounds. I also got a little bit over 7 cups of puree after combining the melon flesh and the juice. I had a lot of air in the puree which actually made the granite have a smooth almost creamy texture. I used all three limes to cut the sweetness of the melon and the simple syrup mixture. I would suggest adding the sugar mixture a little at a time along with the limes to make sure you get the balance of flavors you are looking for. Mine was a tad bit sweet.
I was able to keep the granita loose while it froze by scraping it every 30 to 45 minutes. Once it was completely frozen, I left it alone until the next afternoon. Out of the freezer, it took only 10 minutes or so to be able to serve it.
I actually used this at a reception and using 2 small serving scoops per person and was able to serve 18 people with some leftover.
Light and refreshing, a lovely dessert for a warm summer evening. Sweet ripe melons and tart limes balanced the flavors perfectly. My son, who loves cantaloupe, was happy to eat bowls of this icy treat.
The melons I used were very ripe, very sweet, with lots of juice. I blended them in the food processor in 2 batches. Then I added the simple syrup. I started with the juice of 2 limes. I got about 1/8 cup of juice from each lime. I then added a third lime and found it still too sweet and wanted some more lime flavor as it tasted too syrupy. I then added a fourth lime. The extra lime balanced the sweetness of the sugar and the fruit juice. I loved the sweet cantaloupe smell every time I opened the freezer to run a fork through the granita.
I scraped the juice first at 30 minutes and then decided 45 was better. It took about 5 hours for it to freeze completely. I used a 9-by-13 metal baking pan and if I had a larger pan I think the freezing process would have been quicker. I would suggest that more lime juice may be needed depending on the sweetness of the melons. I did get lots of juice from the melons and ended up with a very full cake pan.