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from "Granita Magic" by Nadia Roden

Everybody make this! It's even better than biting into a wedge of fresh watermelon. You can drizzle cointreau or tequila over this granita.

Serves 4 to 6
 Granita Magic

1/2 cup water
5 to 7 tablespoons sugar
1/2 large watermelon (5 pounds of flesh)
Juice and zest of 2 limes

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Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a low boil. When the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat.
Cut the rind off the watermelon, then cut the flesh into 2-inch chunks.
Puree the melon chunks in batches in a food processor. Press the puree through a sieve; discard the seeds and fibers. Stir the syrup and the lime juice and zest into the melon liquid.
To freeze the granita, see below.

Freezing the Granita
1. Pour the granita mixture into a wide and shallow container.
2. Cover with a lid, foil, or plastic wrap. Freeze the mixture for an hour or two until it has frozen around the edge.
3. Take the container out of the freezer and scrape the ice with a fork, mixing it from the edge into the center.
4. Repeat this scraping and mixing process every 1/2 hour or so (at least three times) until the entire mixture has turned into small, sequined ice flakes.
5. It is best to eat the granita at once, but if you leave it in the freezer overnight or longer, just let it sit for about 10 minutes until it softens a little and then scrape it again with fork to lighten the texture.

(Quick Method)
This granita will have a different texture, a very fine grain, like slushy snow rather than icy morning snow.
1. Pour the granita mixture into ice trays, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to freeze solid.
2. Process the cubes in a food processor when you are ready to serve.
• Chill the mixture in the fridge before freezing it.
• Freezers vary in temperature; make sure yours is at the coldest setting.
• The shallower your container, the quicker your granita will freeze. Try to keep the mixture less than 3/4-inch deep.
• Use a non-reactive dish. Stainless steel conducts cold faster than plastic.
• Please adjust the sugar content to your own taste, remembering that the mixture will taste less sweet after freezing.
• Use regular granulated white sugar unless the ingredients specify superfine sugar.
• Chilling the container first will help speed the freezing.
• Granitas that are especially high in fruit pulp, sugar, or alcohol don't freeze solid. You can leave these mixtures in the freezer for hours, then scrape and mix them with a fork just before serving.
• Granitas that are high in alcohol have a melting texture and should be served straight from the freezer.

Buy The Ingredients
Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Seedless Watermelon - $8.99/ea
 approx. 13-18lb
  Limes - $0.59/ea Save! 4 for $2
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  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.79/ea
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