Icy Fruit-filled Watermelon Dessert

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Icy Fruit-filled Watermelon Dessert


Yields (16 cube-cicles or 4-6 dishes) Servings

Icy-Watermelon


Recipe Description:

This is a healthy dessert that is very simple to make from fruit left-overs.

If you have been making other recipes with your fresh berries, you probably have a few left-overs that did not get used or would otherwise be saved for mixed-fruit side dishes. A small amount of these can even be frozen until you have the opportunity to obtain the final ingredient.

The main ingredient is reserved from a fresh Watermelon. Most Watermelons are extremely juicy and much of the liquid is lost when cutting the melon into individual servings. With a little advance preparation however, these juices can be saved and reused in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Watermelon Juice (Reserved).
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups whole mixed berries (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, etc.).

Harvesting the Juice:

  1. Place a tray or cooking sheet below your Watermelon as you are slicing it – to trap all of the juices (and seeds) that freely flow during cutting. *(The container you have just put your Watermelon slices into, will also have accumulated some juices at the bottom that can be drained off as well).
  2. Next, strain all of the juices into a separate bowl to remove any seeds or other undesirable material. You can also allow any mashed Watermelon meat to mix with the juices in the bowl.
  3. Then, with the flat edge of a butter knife or spatula, take the left-over rind pieces and scrape the remaining Watermelon meat (and more juices) into the same bowl.

*Using only about half of a full-sized Watermelon, you should now have approximately 1 1/2 – 2 cups of the liquid. This liquid is the base ingredient for this delicious frozen treat. If you did not get enough juice from the process, simply smash some more of the freshly sliced Watermelon into a liquified pulp.

Popsicle Preparation:

  1. Using an ice cube tray, pour equal amounts of the Watermelon juice into the individual compartments (about 3/4 full).
  2. Place 1-3 berries into each compartment. *(You may separate different berry types into each cube OR mix them together – by personal preference).
  3. Place one toothpick into each compartment for handling the treats later.
  4. Freeze the contents of the ice cube tray until ready to serve.
    *(Pop out the small cubes for individual fruity popsicles).

*Sorbet Preparation: (ALTERNATIVE TREAT Recipe)

  1. Using the same Watermelon juice, pour the liquid into the bottom of 4-6 cups or small serving bowls (freezer-safe).
  2. Place the containers into a freezer and allow the liquid to begin hardening.
  3. When the liquid begins to ice up and thicken, stir the contents well.
  4. Mix 3-4 berries into each container. *(You may separate different berry types into each OR mix them together – by personal preference).
  5. Place the containers back into the freezer – As the contents begin to thicken again, stir the ice while it is still loosely formed.
  6. Repeat this procedure a few more times (every 8-12 minutes), until all the contents are evenly slushy throughout.
  7. Allow to thicken just a bit more or slightly freeze – (Ready to serve) – *Serve “as is” in the cup/bowl or pop out the contents upside down onto a serving plate, ready to eat as a frozen dessert.
 

*Supplied by a recipe idea from “Chef” Mark Real.


 

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