Honeydew Granita (plus Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!)

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Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

When I was a kid, softball practice might’ve been my favorite extracurricular activity ever. It mostly had to do with my love of gossiping with my friends, smacking a ball from time to time and using the $4 I begged from my mom to buy as much candy as possible before she picked me up.

I grew up in a household where everything awesome wasn’t allowed. No candy, no game consoles (this was such a big deal when I was a kid) and no junk food. This meant that when I went to the outside world I went ballistic. I made sure to play as many video games as I could and eat as much sugar as humanely possible. The concession stand was my heaven and a must-buy every time was a lemon-y Italian icy. Why this very American concession stand sold Italian icys, I’ll never know but I remember it being so ridiculously sweet and tasting faintly like fake-lemon. “Chemical lemon” is how I like to remember it.

Luckily I grew up and found real recipes for clean, fresh-tasting granitas, much like this one from Yummy Supper.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Erin writes one of my favorite blogs on the internets. It’s full of beautiful photography, a friendly voice, someone who you’d hope would be your neighbor and friend, the type of friend who would share her best recipes with you. When I first visited Erin’s blog I didn’t even realize it was gluten-free.

The dishes that you’ll find in her book are ones that are naturally gluten-free; combining fresh food in smart and delicious ways. This dessert is no different. It’s refreshing, simple and ideal for the August heat.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Today I’m giving away three copies of Yummy Supper! To enter do the following:

1. Leave a comment below answering the following question:

“What was the name of your first crush?”

Mine: Jake. I met him at the softball field and didn’t dare to ever speak to him!

Three winners will be chosen at random on Monday, August 25th at noon PST.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Honeydew Granita (plus Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!)

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Serving Size: 6 TO 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 12 fresh mint leaves or lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 medium honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup superfine sugar

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the lemon verbena or mint leaves in a bowl. Cover and let steep for 20 to 30 minutes, then discard the leaves.
  • Cut the melon open and scrape out the seeds, but don't discard the tender, pale flesh surrounding the seeds--it's so sweet and tasty. Remove the rinds and cut the melon into chunks. You want about 4 cups chopped melon.
  • Using a standing blender or food processor, blend the verbena infusion, melon chunks, lime juice and sugar. (I like to do a couple of batches in my blender.) Pour the puree into a large bowl and give it a stir. Taste the pale green deliciousness and feel free to add a little more agave or sugar if your melon isn't super sweet, keeping in mind that sweetness diminishes with freezing. Your puree can be made up to 24 hours before you want to freeze it. I usually let it chill in the fridge overnight.
  • Pour the puree into a shallow baking dish. Cover and freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the dish from the freezer and stir with a fork to break up any frozen bits. Make sure to scrape the edges of the pan--this is where freezing begins. Continue to freeze in 45-minute intervals, interspersed with scraping and freezing again. After a few hours of freezing and scraping your granita should be ready to eat. (If you forget to stir and the granita solidifies, don't worry; you can use a fork to scrape frozen granita and the texture will still be fantastic.)
  • The granita keeps in the freezer for 2 weeks.
Serving: 6g
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  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert August 19, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I’m loving this granita!

    My first crush was when I six, his name was Lucky. His mom was best friends with my mom so he came over to play a lot. I last saw him when we were about nine, after I moved. I sometimes wonder how he’s been, hoping life has been kind to him.

  • Reply Christy August 19, 2014 at 5:38 am

    The name of my first crush was George. I was recently telling my brother how I can’t hear the song “Oh Sherrie” (by Steve Perry) and not think of the time that I called George on the phone for the first time. I wanted the vibe to be just right when I called him so I put on the 45 of that song so that he could hear it playing in the background and know how cool I was. I was nine.

  • Reply Gal F. August 19, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Can’t quite remember his name, I think it was Connor. I just moved to the US and couldn’t even speak English!

  • Reply Molly @ Yes to Yolks August 19, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I adore honeydew anything, and this granita looks awesome! I feel your pain…I also grew up in a household without sugar and video games (even TV was off limits!).

    Brendan.

  • Reply Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming August 19, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Ryan!

  • Reply Kelsey @ Badger Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 4:52 am

    The earliest crush I can remember was in kindergarden and his name is Andy πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cindy M August 19, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Wonderful featured recipe, and thanks for the offer! I think Joe? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lori August 19, 2014 at 4:30 am

    My first crush or should I say crushes were two identical twin brothers (Matt and Mike) in kindergarten. I could never tell them apart but they always shared their crayon box with me, which was a plus in my book!

  • Reply Medeja August 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I can imagine that the flavor must have been really lovely!

  • Reply Sandy August 19, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Thank you for such a nice giveaway. Looks like a beautiful cookbook. My first crush was Edward. My Dad. Nothing inappropriate here. Just an innocent little girl thinking her Daddy was the best guy there is.

  • Reply Liz S. August 19, 2014 at 1:51 am

    That granita is wonderful for summer (or anytime); and the cookbook sounds fantastic!

    The name of my first crush was Jeremy.

  • Reply Taja August 19, 2014 at 1:09 am

    His name was Aspree. We got married twice at recess in Elementary School.

  • Reply Mari August 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

    My first crush ever was probably pizza. But if we’re sticking to humans his name was Joey, and he was not only very handsome but kind.

  • Reply Adrienne August 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I love the idea of naturally GF foods instead of all those yucky alternatives

    My first crush was Eric, he gave me a yellow marker that I cherished and always played tag with me.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks August 19, 2014 at 12:32 am

    What a gorgeous looking book! And a honeydew granita sounds perfect!
    Jason.

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