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Cantaloupe-Basil Granita

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Frozen fruit makes a great treat! Cantaloupe-basil Granita is an Italian-style frozen dessert that is super-simple to make. Think of it as a sophisticated slushy with natural flavor and color!

Ingredients

  • ½ cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey (add 1 More Tablespoon If Your Fruit Isn't Sweet Enough)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 4 whole Basil Leaves, Plus Extra For Garnish
  • 1 whole Cantaloupe, Seeds And Rind Removed, Cut Into Small Chunks

Preparation

Add the water, honey, lemon juice, and two basil leaves into a saucepan over high heat. Use a spoon to press down on the basil leaves a few times to help release their flavor.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove pan from the heat, remove and discard the basil leaves, and allow the mixture to cool.

Add the cantaloupe and the liquid mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Add the two remaining basil leaves, and blend again until they’re incorporated into the mixture.

Place the mixture into a shallow glass pan and place in the freezer.

After an hour, remove the pan from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the mixture around. It should have begun to freeze by this point, but may still be in a fairly liquid state. Place the pan back in the freezer.

Repeat this process after another hour, and repeat hourly, as needed, until you reach your desired consistency (you may want to leave yourself several hours of freezing time before you want to serve the granita).

Serve in individual bowls, and garnish with basil leaves if you’d like.

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Grab a Plate on 8.12.2013

Thanks, Dax! Definitely need these types of treats in the summer!

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Dax Phillips on 7.9.2013

I love a great granita, and this one sounds really refreshing, especially during these summer months. Great job!

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