Cantaloupe Granita

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 EpicuriousIngredients2 cups coarsely chopped ripe cantaloupe1/4 cup sugar1/2 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoon triple sec1 cup ice cubesCombine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a 13×9 pan and freeze for about forty minutes. Scrape with a fork and serve in chilled glassesServes about 4.

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6 Comments

  1. Deborah
    July 13, 2007 / 2:25 pm

    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!

  2. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen
    July 13, 2007 / 7:41 pm

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

  3. Tartelette
    July 14, 2007 / 2:31 am

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

  4. Priyanka
    July 18, 2007 / 2:44 am

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

  5. tara bethune-leamen
    July 19, 2007 / 5:42 am

    that looks delicious.

  6. Lynnylu
    July 20, 2007 / 6:27 pm

    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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