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 Alana | Fix Feast Flair August 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    First crush (and first boyfriend) Tyler. It was the fifth grade and we held hands, which seemed like the biggest deal in the whole world at the time.

    The recipe for this granita sounds amazing and you’ve made everything look incredible as well–I’m sure the rest of the book is awesome!

  • Reply Soona August 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I’m totally in love with Rockmelons at the moment.

    Do you think this could work with Rockmelon?

  • Reply margaret August 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    jeff

  • Reply Effie August 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    His name was Josh. He was blond and looked like River Pheonix.

  • Reply Bec M August 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Probably one of the Hanson brothers, lol!

  • Reply Bunny SE August 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Ben. 3rd grade! I ran away from home, he told my parents where I was hiding out [the grocery store of all places] because he thought I wasn’t going to come back to school, LoL

  • Reply Francesca August 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Michael. After that, it was a few more Michaels πŸ™‚

  • Reply julianne August 21, 2014 at 8:07 am

    jason.

  • Reply Helena August 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    His name as Chritophe, we were ten years old and went in the same class at school….
    Thank you for this nice recipe and this lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Rebecca August 21, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Andrew! It was grade one.

  • Reply Candi August 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Theo.. I wonder what he’s doing now…

  • Reply jacquie August 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    to be honest i have no idea what the name of my first crush was.

  • Reply Holly H. August 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    His name was Doug. I met him in second grade.

  • Reply Kim G. August 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Goodness … I don’t remember my first crush! I do know my last though πŸ™‚

    Question: is that really 12 cups of freshly squeezed lime juice??? Holy smokes that is a whole lot of limes!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      OMG that’s a good catch. No way. It’s supposed to be 1/2 cup. Fixing now!

      • Reply Kim G. August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

        Thanks so much! The granita looks amazing! I’ll be making it this weekend!

  • Reply Alyson August 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Adam: He was in my first grade class, and I acted like a tomboy just so I could hang out with him. πŸ™‚

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