Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rosie Makes A Peach And Watermelon Granita.

 I've been in a peachy mood lately.
I've made Peach Cobbler,
Peach Beehives,
and Peach Ice Cream.
And I still have more peaches.

I'm making a granita today.
It's the perfect summertime refreshment
and the flavor variations and combinations are endless.
Besides the peaches,
I also have a watermelon.
To be more precise,
I have chunky watermelon slush .

Back on the Fourth of July ...
... I started getting "creative" and ...
 ... viciously attacked this innocent watermelon.

 Mr. Hawthorne was very unhappy about this.
Veeeerrrrry unhappy.
He only wants watermelon slices.
That is the proper way to eat watermelon.
And apparently the only way.

Well, Mr. Hawthorne,
Excuuuuuuuussssse me


 Peach and Watermelon Granita
 5 peaches, peeled and chopped
1 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups watermelon pieces/slush

Combine sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and peaches.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours,
stirring the mixture every 30 minutes.
Add the watermelon.
Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 pan and place in freezer.
Every 30 minutes or so,
take a fork and stir the icy outside pieces into the middle.
Scrape for about 2 hours.
Serve slushy and you have a wonderfully complex
harmony of flavors.
Garnish with blueberries.

I thought about getting rid of the seeds,
but that wasn't really doable.
As in I didn't want to bother.
So I just mixed it all together.
Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Place in freezer.

Every 30 minutes,
come in and scrape the frozen outside into the middle.
 Keep raking the granita into flaky, glittery crystals.

Top with blueberries.
The hint of cinnamon is quite nice.

If you like,
add some lemon or lime zest over top.

Quite a refreshing treat on a hot summer day
as I sit comfortably in my air-conditioned home.
Just pretend I'm lying in the hammock under the deck,
with my peachy watermelon concoction,
in 100°+ heat.

I have one more peach recipe for you,
so please stay tuned.
I've saved the best for last -
Rosie's Peachy Keen Queen Pie.


southdrivein said...

Have you ever made one of these Rosie. It pairs well with Malt Liquor, which we serve it with at home

Rosie Hawthorne said...

South, I've made Julia's cherry clafouti. Will have to try the peach. Tarheel II has some really good peaches.

southdrivein said...

Rosie, Did your Mom ever have a jar of this in the kitchen ? Mine did . It would liven a gimpy leg in a heartbeat LOL!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mama Hawthorne was a bit of a teetotaller, so this was not in her kitchen. I believe I made it once maybe 30 years ago. I should have another go at it. After the peach clafouti.