Friday, July 13, 2007

Cantaloupe Granita

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Growing up on a farm where there was always a vegetable garden, which included cantaloupes and watermelons, gave me the knowledge of how to pick a ripe cantaloupe. When ripe, cantaloupes have a wonderfully sweet fragrance, the stems should not be attached and the blossom end should yield to moderate pressure.I only buy cantaloupes in the summer time when I know they are fresh from the field. My father, who loved both watermelons and cantaloupes, once planted several acres of both melons and offered them free to anyone who wanted to pick them. As a little girl, there were melons as far as my eye could see. Those images are burned in my mind as mental photographs.

We always ate cantaloupes au naturel which is how everyone ate them when I was young. Now that I have been cooking for many years, I have used cantaloupes in many ways-compotes, cold soups and this granita recipe for a quick, easy and very flavorful dessert.

Adapted from Epicurious


2 cups coarsely chopped ripe cantaloupe
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 cup ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a 13x9 pan and freeze for about forty minutes. Scrape with a fork and serve in chilled glasses

Serves about 4.


Deborah said...

I have not yet made a granita...I'm not sure why, because it sounds so easy!! I love that you've done cantaloupe. It's not a flavor I would have thought of for a frozen treat, but it sounds perfect!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks beautiful! I just made watermelon granita! It is just that time of year!

Tartelette said...

Lovely! I can;t get enough fresh cantaloupe and other melons right now.

Priyanka said...

hi there, jumped onto your blog from the another blogger's blogroll. you have some amazing recipes and pics here.

tara bethune-leamen said...

that looks delicious.

Lynnylu said...

Deborah-Granitas are really easy and don't require an ice cream maker. Thanks.

jenndz-the leftover queen-I love watermelon granita, too. Thanks.

tartellete-the melons are so much more flavorful when in season. Thanks.

priyanka-thanks for checking out my blog. I appreciate your comments.

tara bethune-leamen- Thanks for your comment.

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