Saturday, August 28, 2010

Watermelon Granita With Ginger Syrup

Do you notice that, of late, I have been featuring recipes from other food blogs? Well, I feel that the best compliment you can ever give a fellow food blogger is to make something from his/her blog and link it back. :)

Today, I'll be doing the same. I want to share a wonderful dessert from an equally wonderful food blog, Trissalicious.



Ever since I discovered how easy it is to make a Granita, I have been making it on a regular basis. I realise it's a great way to use up abandoned bottles of juices or sodas that are taking up precious real estate in my fridge. As soon as I freeze the odds and ends into a new slushy cocktail, I will see my kids make a beeline for it. They make really refreshing treats on hot afternoons.

I was intrigued when I saw this at Trissa's blog: Watermelon Granita with Ginger Syrup. Watermelon and Ginger? The idea of this seemingly odd pairing fascinated me so, and I was curious to see how it would work. For the record, it blew me away. I LOVED it!

Recipe
(from Neil Perry’s Spice Temple, and seen at Trissalicious)



- 750 grams coarsely chopped fresh watermelon
- 60 grams white sugar (I reduced to 30 grams because my watermelon was so very sweet)
- 200 grams finely diced watermelon, to serve
- 100 grams white sugar
- 20 grams ginger, chopped (I used old ginger for a stronger, astringent bite!)



1. Macerate the watermelon by combining the first lot of watermelon with the sugar and allow to stand for around 45 minutes. Process this in a food processor and then strain. Transfer to a 20 cm x 30 cm shallow metal tray and freeze, scraping occasionally with a fork until crystals form and the granita is frozen. This usually takes around 4 to 5 hours.


I decided to keep the watermelon rind for serving. One less thing to wash!

2. For the ginger syrup, combine the sugar, ginger and 60 ml of water in a saucepan. Bring this to a boil and then remove it from the heat and allow to cool. Strain out the ginger.

3. To serve, place some granita in a chilled glass, add the diced watermelon and pour some ginger syrup over it.


This would be a perfect dessert after a hot and spicy curry dish, no? And hardly any skill needed. I made extra Ginger Syrup to keep. I'll tell you what else I used it for. Watch this space!

18 comments:

  1. im slowly learning how to appreciate ginger!
    they make things so refreshing.
    being paired with something nice and cold,
    seems perfect for singapore's weather!
    am loving the photos btw :)

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  2. Yes please... I am a real sucker for watermelon!! The photo of the red and fresh watermelon almost tempted me to go and get one right now!!
    I love granita!!

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  3. This sounds really really good.... I'm a mad fan of ginger these days

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  4. I marveled at this simple, refreshing treat over on Trissa's blog and I do so again at your beautiful rendition. You know I've barely had any watermelon this whole summer. Better go remedy that immediately.

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  5. Wasn't it fantastic Ju? Thank you so much for trying it and posting about it. More people need to know about this one! :). Nice pics by the way - loved that one where you served it on the watermelon.

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  6. Wow!
    I just need the hot weather to go with it!

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  7. I don't like watermelon, but your photos are GORGEOUS.

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  8. it's a great way to use watermelon and looks very refreshing. and I like that you serve it in the watermelon rind too, extra pretty :)

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  9. Beautiful watermelon granita served on the watermelon, very intriguing me to taste some although it's still cold here. :P

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  10. Ju, delightful, delightful flavours. Guess what I could have really used a glass of this in the afternoon. The weather turned from cool to really hot this afternoon!

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  11. This looks perfectly great! And I can't wait to try them soon, since there isn't much preparation needed heehee :) Have a great week ahead!

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  12. Ju this looks simply gorgeous and so refreshing for a hot summer day!

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  13. How refreshing! BTW, do you happen to have the recipe of kueh chap? I've been looking for it high & low.

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  14. your watermelon granita looks so good! The pairing of watermelon and ginger is also something I've never tried...but definitely sounds like it's worth trying!

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  15. I love the presentation. Watermelon is one of my favourite fruits in summer.

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  16. Cool! I am curious about the combo of watermelon and ginger too.

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  17. I love watermelon granita! There's an Italian cafe here selling it in summer. Actually it's a Melbourne icon :D Love your and trissa's version by the way

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  18. Hi, I tried making this yesterday. I must say that I really like it alot. Thank you for sharing. I have posted a picture of the outcome on my page too. Do visit please. :)

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