Granita's are lovely fruit slushes ( fruit flavored ices) originating from Italy. I use to always have these when I was little. The area I grew up in New York had a little Italy. Here is one of the recipes that my husband and I make for our family during the summer.
1 to 1/3 cup of sugar we use raw
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/4 cups of water
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of watermelon ( not the rind)
juice of 1 lemon don't use lemon juice
mint springs to decorate ( optional)
Put sugar and cinnamon sticks in pan with sugar and 1 1/4 cups water. Stir over gentle heat until sugar has dissolved, bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Allow to cool completely, then remove, wash and dry cinnamon sticks.
Put the watermelon flesh through a moulilegumes ( or strainer or mash) then sieve to remove the seeds. Mix watermelon pulp with the cold syrup, adding the lemon juice to taste, then chill in the refrigerator. Pour into a shallow container to a depth of 3/4 inches. Cover and freeze for 1 hour until the liquid has formed an ice rim around the edge and is starting to freeze at the base.
Scrape this away with a fork and mash evenly with remaining liquid. repeat every 30 minutes until the mixture forms a consistency of ice crystals. Serve a mounded high in a chilled glass ( frosted in the refrigerator) we also freeze ours in paper cups for later use.
Enjoy the La dolce vita ( the sweet life)
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