While we’re on the topic of scorching temperatures and refreshing foods, you need to try this dessert! It’s the perfect end to a light summer meal and best when eaten outdoors.
WATERMELON, LIME, AND MINT GRANITA
- 9 cups (about 4 pounds with the rind) seeded and cubed watermelon
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Working in two batches, purée the watermelon in a food processor. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh sieve, forcing the liquid out with a wooden spoon. Discard the solids.
- Combine the watermelon purée, mint, lime juice and sugar in a 9- by 13-inch metal pan. Place the mixture in the freezer, scraping it thoroughly with a fork every 20 to 30 minutes for about 2½ hours, until the granita resembles coarse crystals. Scrape one last time and spoon into parfait glasses or bowls. Top with a mint sprig.
Adapted from USA Weekend