Growing up in the South we did everything we could to stay cool during the sultry summer months. Triple digit temps had us running through sprinklers, going to the pool and riding our bikes to the nearest Sno Cone Stand. In Texas we call them Sno Cones and in Louisiana they call them Sno Balls. Sno Ball … Sno Cone, they both taste amazing to me. Technically a Sno Cone has crunchy ice and the Sno Ball has fluffy ice. Los Angeles isn’t really known for having Sno Cone stands. Quite frankly I’ve never seen one here …if i’m wrong let me know! To recreate the flavored ice that I love and often crave I decided to make a Granita. Granitas are the grown up Italian version of a Sno Cone. The sugary syrups that we use down South are omitted and replaced with natural sugars from fresh fruit and honey.
Its quite simple to make but you have to be near your freezer for the first few hours. Take a stroll through your farmers market or grocery store and see what fruits you can add to your granita.
4 cups of large Seedless Watermelon 3 - 4 Figs (peeled) 1 Juicy Lime 2 - 3 Tbs of Honey (or to your taste, depending on how sweet your fruit are)
1. In a blender combine Seedless Watermelon, peeled figs and lime Juice. Blend together until frothy. 2. Add honey (amount will depend on how sweet you want your Granita). If you have a ripe sweet Watermelon you will probably need less Honey. Unfortunately for me, the melon I chose wasn’t the sweetest so I had to add more honey and a dash of Cane Sugar. 3. Pour the mixture into a pan (size of a small loaf pan) and freeze. 4. At the one hour mark take a fork and fluff the ice. Put the granita back into the freezer to finish. Depending on your mixture and freezer keep fluffing every 30 - minutes to an hour.
A simple frozen treat to enjoy during the summer months ... or depending where you live, every month.