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Watermelon granita & yogurt parfait

September 3, 2010

Watermelon Granita & Yogurt Parfait

The kids are back at school, so it kinda feels like Fall is on its way… if I’m in the house.  Indoors, I can imagine a crisp morning or an occasional cool breeze.  But that’s when I’m inside.  As soon as we open the door, we’re hit with a wall of heat somewhere in the 90s.  Definitely not very autumnal.

So what to do?  Make granita.  But not just any old granita.  I’m talkin’ a watermelon granita and yogurt parfait!  (Mom, do you see this?  A parfait.  hehe)  Anyway, this is totally refreshing and I think it would be absolutely delicious with any fruity granita.

I’m working up a sweat typing and need to go cool off with a parfait.  {yum}

{one year ago:  cappuccino brownies}

Recipe:  Watermelon Granita and Yogurt Parfait

(adapted from Cowgirl Chef)

half of a small, seedless watermelon

pinch of kosher salt

8 mint or lemon balm leaves  *(I used lemon balm, which is a lemon-scented mint.)

1 1/4 c. vanilla yogurt

4 tsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Cut watermelon into chunks and add to blender, along with a pinch of salt and mint leaves.  Puree until smooth.  Pour into a shallow container and place in freezer.  Every 30-40 minutes, scrape the top with a fork and return to the freezer.  Do this for 3-4 hours.

Whisk together yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.  Assemble parfait by spooning a layer of granita, a layer of yogurt, and another layer of granita.  Top with a dollop of yogurt.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2010 8:44 pm

    Okay, so what’s the inside joke with your moms about parfaits? Come on, share! :)

    Looks good and refreshing! It’s still hotter than Hades here, too!
    ~ingrid

  2. September 3, 2010 9:01 pm

    Looks lovely and refreshing!

  3. September 4, 2010 3:10 pm

    I’ve never heard of granita parfait! Separately, yes but never together. What a refreshing combination that I would love.

  4. September 4, 2010 10:31 pm

    I wanna know what’s so funny about “parffaits” too!

    I feel the same way about the heat. A couple night ago it was in the 80′s with a breeze and it was wonderful. I can’t wait for cooler temps!

  5. September 5, 2010 9:37 am

    Sounds so refreshing! I think Fall-ish weather has hit our area. I have been taking tons of walks, it has been so beautiful! This looks so yummy!

  6. Grandy permalink
    September 5, 2010 11:39 am

    Yes, Your PARFAIT looks really good!You always loved a good parfait :)

  7. September 5, 2010 9:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! Totally ingenious….especially with the lemon balm! I wonder if it would be good with basil? Keep cool over there, lady!

  8. September 6, 2010 3:03 am

    what an interesting medley of mouthfeels a spoonful of this gorgeous treat would have! i’m impressed. :)

  9. September 6, 2010 4:28 am

    Fabulous! We have just gone into Spring so this recipe is going to go down a treat and I am sure will become a Summer staple.
    :-) Mandy

  10. September 6, 2010 7:59 am

    Your watermelon parfait is so pretty! I do hope it helped you to cool down a bit…..until the cool crisp air rolls in :)

  11. September 6, 2010 11:19 am

    definitely just what the doctor ordered to cool ya off on a hot day. cheers!

  12. September 6, 2010 5:53 pm

    This one looks really good, too. I love parfaits!

  13. September 7, 2010 2:54 am

    Okay, you the perfect treat to cool down. I love that you paired your watermelon granita with yogurt!

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