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 Bethany August 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Joshua was my first crush in the third grade, and he was the class clown. That seems to be a pattern for me, now that I think about it!

  • Reply Kaity August 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Johnny in kindergarten; we rode the bus together and I told my father we were going to date. He said we had to wait until we turned 16!

  • Reply Jayne August 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    oooh… His name was KP. I was about 6. He’d be sweet to me then mean the next moment. Boys!

  • Reply Sheila August 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Definitely Kevin, from my kindergarten class. He was the first person in the grade to master the art of reading.

  • Reply Maggie August 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Ryan was my first grade through 7th grade crush. I could never bring myself to talk to him. Love a granita anytime,these look so refreshing!

  • Reply April @badgerkitchen August 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Oh boy, my first crush was Andrew. I’ve been wanting to make a granita all summer, this might be the one!

  • Reply Kasey August 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Ben- we were like 4 yrs old and our moms were good friends

  • Reply Sarah August 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Ryan in 3rd grade! Although now I think I have a bigger crush on these granitas…

  • Reply Kim Henrichs August 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    My first crush was named Ryan in the fourth grade. He just moved into our little town from a big city! I was in awe.

  • Reply Emily August 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Looks incredible! First crush was Robby. Also my first slow dance in the 6th grade…makes me miss butterfly clips and glittery Hard Candy nail polish!

  • Reply Rachel August 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Pasquale, he was my neighbor.

  • Reply sara August 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Craig, my best friend and I both had a crush on him and he couldn’t have cared less about either of us!

  • Reply Lindsey August 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Ryan: we were in 4th grade and our parents allowed us to go roller skating (where we snuck holing hands) 😉

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love how these look, the natural green and especially that they are chemical free!

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh From The... August 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    My first crush that I really remember was from first grade… Brad. Yep, even in first grade, hahaha!

  • Reply Jen Jones August 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    My first crush was Jacob…the good ole days 🙂

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