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 Kim August 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    His name is Michael and we were in preschool. He was Aladdin for halloween and I was Jasmine!

  • Reply Sarah H.P. August 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

    My first crush was a boy named Skyler!

  • Reply Heather S August 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Sol πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ellie August 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    His name was Ross and we were six. We held hands at play lunch πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rocio August 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Julio, 7th grade math class. Ah, such an intense crush.

  • Reply Brenda in Tyler August 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Jeffrey. 1st grade. I got caught kissing him in line to wash hands before lunch. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Meredith August 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

    These look great and need to be made immediately! First crush was Eric. We were in the 5th grade and he asked me to go to taco bell and my mom wouldn’t let me!!

  • Reply Marie D. August 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard when I was in 4th grade. Thank goodness I got past my fascination with blond-haired, blue eyed men while I was still in grade school.

  • Reply Maria M August 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

    my first crush was Simon – i was 9 years old and he was in my sisters form 2 years above me. I used to draw him cards during playtime (it rained a lot). Years later his mom told me she had a stack of loveletters i had sent to him!!!

  • Reply ali August 20, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Alan. He had a 67 mustang and was in high school and i was like 10 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca August 20, 2014 at 4:27 am

    It was Michael for several years in elementary school. I am prett.y sure he knew

  • Reply Angie August 20, 2014 at 4:10 am

    The photography is so pretty in this post!

  • Reply Debbie D August 20, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Paul. Kindergarten. Still think of him many, many years later and wish him well. Facebook friends now. Current sweetie? Paul. I seem to have a fondness for the name.

  • Reply T.R. August 20, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Oh my goodness, I’ve had so many. I love crushes. Tony in 5th grade.

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little August 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    The cookbook looks fabulous! My first crush was called Tiger! Oh the young days haha πŸ˜›

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