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 Christy Spurlock August 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Andrew. I was the new transfer girl and he gave me a glass elephant necklace. Still remain friends even though we are both are married to other people.

  • Reply Lauren August 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Russell.

  • Reply Sarah C August 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Justin–he was the most popular boy in kindergarten!

  • Reply Adrienne K August 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

    His name was Mark. 5 years older than me, the son of friends of my parents, so cute. Once he showed up at my house to ask me to go on his motorcycle. I was too afraid of him to say yes. Saw him the other day. He’s about 300 pounds now.

  • Reply clairine August 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    christopher but it didn’t work out because he turn out to be a super playboy

  • Reply M'lissa Morgan August 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Kevin, but I was the new kid and it was middle school. Two very big reasons that it went nowhere, haha πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jade Sheldon-Burnsed August 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Steven. He was the first boy to ever ask me out but I was so nervous around him that I totally shot him down!

  • Reply jessica August 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Everyone in kindergarten liked this boy, Jamie. I tagged him on the playground but never kissed him. Unrequited love!

  • Reply Peggy Wright August 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    jimmy in the 5th grade.

  • Reply Sarah P. August 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Yum, this looks so refreshing! My first crush was Mark, in Kindergarden!

  • Reply Jess August 23, 2014 at 5:03 am

    O’Bryant. We were in the same grade school class, and he was so cute and could speak Spanish. That was pretty exotic and interesting to 7 year-old me!

  • Reply Rachel August 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Mine was Keeton, we were best friends πŸ™‚

  • Reply Judith M. August 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Paul (nickname Skip).

  • Reply Allison August 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Steve- we rode the bus together throughout elementary school and I thought he was the coolest person on earth.

  • Reply Emilie in MN August 22, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Eric

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