If you liked shaved ice as a kid, you’ll go crazy for this Italian ice. It’s similar to a granita, but there’s no fussing around with making a simple syrup – it’s just blend, freeze and scrape with this one. Our kind of project!
Really, it doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. If you get a super ripe and fresh watermelon, you’re guaranteed a delicious, icy treat that will cool you down and keep you sane when temperatures spike. Plus, you can get the little ones involved, ‘cause who doesn’t love scraping away at some cold goodness in the middle of the summer?! We’re so happy we made this, and you can bet we’ll be making it again (at least once a week), so we can try it out with all the fresh fruit we can get our hands on!
- 1/2 seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4-1/3 cup sugar, or to taste (we use less sugar with really sweet watermelons)
- In two batches, combine watermelon, lemon and lime juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Once smooth, pour mixture into a large baking dish.
Note: if you can’t find a seedless watermelon, you can use a regular one – just strain it before pouring it into baking dish.
- Transfer baking dish to freezer and let chill for 2 hours.
- Remove watermelon mix from freezer and use a fork or spoon to scrape the top, frozen layer of ice. (Edges will be harder than center.)
- Return dish to freezer and let chill another 2-3 hours.
- Repeat scraping process and return to freezer until the whole mixture is shaved.
- Serve immediately, or cover and store in freezer.
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman