During the summer months, I rarely desire a heavy dessert at the end of any meal. Instead, a perfectly ripe piece of fruit or a refreshing sorbet seem to be just perfect.
So I guess it goes without saying that I also do not desire to spend a large amount of time in my kitchen creating a dessert during these months.
My kitchen is the size of most walk-in closets and does not benefit from air conditioning. So creating intricate, delicate or otherwise fussy desserts in the summmer is not exactly an option.
Enter granite - a quick, simple and fuss-free process yields an icy, refreshing end to any meal.
Using watermelon juice, with a touch of lime juice and a splash of vodka, I was able to create a perfectly summer flavor combination, in less than 5 minutes preparation time.
Watermelon-Lime Vodka Granite
from Dolcetto Confections | Allison M. Veinote
prepartion time 5 minutes | total time 4 hours
2 cups watermelon, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
3 tablespoons vodka
Place watermelon in food processor or blender. Process until juice is created. Pour juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup.
Whisk lime juice and vodka into watermelon juice.
Pour juice into flat bottomed dish, such as a 9 x 9 glass Pyrex dish.
Freeze, scraping occasionally with a fork for finer crystals or just before serving for larger crystals.