Melon Sorbet with Lemon Granita

  • Serves

    makes 1 Quart Sorbet and 1 Pint Granita


Chef Jair Tellez of Laja restaurant made us this sorbet with charentais melons grown at Mogor-Badan.


For the Granita

  • 12 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 7 tsp. superfine sugar

For the Sorbet

  • 1 (2–2 1/2-lb.) ripe charentais or cantaloupe melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks (to yield about 5 cups)
  • 3-5 tbsp. superfine sugar


Step 1

For the granita: Put lemon juice, sugar, and 5 tbsp. water into a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves completely. Pour into a medium glass baking dish and transfer to the freezer. Using the tines of a fork, stir the mixture every 30 minutes, scraping edges and breaking up any chunks as the mixture freezes, until granita is slushy and frozen, about 2 hours.

Step 2

For the sorbet: Put melon and any melon juices and 3 tbsp. of the sugar into a blender and purée until smooth. Taste purée for sweetness (it should be slightly sweeter than the desired sweetness of the finished sorbet), adding more sugar, if you like. Pour purée into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 3

To serve, put a small spoonful of the granita in the center of a chilled shallow bowl, then put a samll scoop of the sorbet on top. Garnish with a sprig of tarragon, if you like.

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