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 Sandy August 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

    His name was Chris and we were in first grade.

  • Reply Jasmine August 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Mine was Jake too! I met him when I was 4 and just moved into my childhood house. Our parents played tennis together and I thought he was dreamy!

  • Reply Emmaline Walden August 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

    This looks delicious! I have also been meaning to get Erin’s book! Love it. And my first crushs name was Cody, in elementary school πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kay August 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Looks so fresh and delicious! My first crush was Kent.

  • Reply Mary August 19, 2014 at 9:21 am

    my first crush: John Pharo, nicknamed Chipper. I was in 2nd grade. That was many decades ago!

  • Reply Marcia August 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

    First crush: Danny from my first summer at sleepaway camp. Wonder what ever happened to him……

  • Reply Melle August 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

    So delicious! Can’t wait to try – love love love honeydew!

    First crush: Joseph. Kindergarten. We used to play in my mom’s classroom after school (our moms were both teachers) and I taught him how to flare his nostrils. It was love.

  • Reply Abby August 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Kevin. He had red hair. 2nd grade.

  • Reply Jen August 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Mine was Jonas πŸ™‚

  • Reply Suzi S. August 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I LOVE natural gluten-free. I don’t want to have to buy a million ingredients.

    My first crush was Mitchell. We “dated” in first grade and he gave me a necklace. Then he said that he had stole it from his sister and needed it back. Emily was wearing it the next day at school….

  • Reply Sophia August 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

    My first crush was Sage, he was my big brother’s best friend and although I may have only liked him because I didn’t know many boys at 6, I thought he was the coolest cat on the playground. Unfortunately for me, this meant that he and my brother wanted absolutely nothing to do with me, especially when I tried to tag along on their long winded pirate treasure hunts or Lego wars.

  • Reply Kristen Tourne August 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Honeydew Granita sounds so refreshing to beat the heat!

    My first crush was in kindergarten and his name was Ryan. We did the whole kindergarten wedding (including flower ring) and then divorced the next day cause he wanted to marry someone else. Haha

  • Reply Stella August 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Mine was Adam. He pulled my hair and kicked me under the desks to show he liked me back.

  • Reply kristin August 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

    such a pretty color!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Ok so mine was named Robin and he wore cardigans and turtlenecks…in kindergarten, haha!

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