Watermelon and Lime Granita

Watermelon season is in full swing! Try this fresh and cooling treat on a hot summer day. Start with a syrupy base, freeze, and scrape with a fork until fluffy. Mix it up with different fruits, or even throw a little alcohol into the mix for an adult version!

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Ingredients:
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
lime wedges for garnishing, optional

Directions:
1. Place sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes at room temperature. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
2. Place sugar mixture, watermelon, and juice in a blender and process until smooth.
3. Pour watermelon mixture into an 11 x 7 inch baking dish, cover and freeze 3 hours. Stir well. Cover and freeze for at least 2 more hours, or overnight.
4. Remove mixture from freezer and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Scrape the entire mixture with a fork until fluffy. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings (100 calories, 0.2 g fat, 0.7 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol)

Adapted from Cooking Light, August 2007

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