Recipe for Watermelon Granita with Rooibos tea. So simple to make and extremely budget friendly too. Just the thing for a hot Summer’s day.
½ cup of sugar
1 cup water
10 cardamom pods, smashed open with the side of a chef’s knife or bashed in a pestle and mortar
2 rooibos tea bags
quarter of a giant watermelon (10 cups once pureed)
juice of 2 limes
Place the water, sugar, cardamom and rooibos in a saucepan and heat through while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and set aside for 30 minutes to infuse. Remove tea bags and strain through a sieve to remove cardamom.
Remove seeds from watermelon and puree with a stick blender or in a food processor. Add the syrup and lime juice and stir well. Pour into a shallow dish and place in the freezer. As soon as it’s lightly frozen, scrape the granita with a fork to form rough ice crystals. (If you wait until the granita is frozen rock hard, it will be difficult to do this.) Place the granita back in the freezer until used. I usually fluff it up with a fork again just before serving.