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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Meyer Lemon Granita

As promised, Meyer lemon recipes.

 What I love about Meyer lemons are the thinner rinds and much sweeter juice. This recipe is super simple. A granita is an Italian semi-frozen dessert. While not nearly as gorgeous as my Blood Orange Granita, Meyer lemon granitas can be just as refreshing on hot days.

Should I rub it in to my cold climate readers and tell you last weekend temperatures neared 90 degrees? Yessirree, it's pretty much tanktop and shorts weather already.

Meyer Lemon Granita 1

Meyer Lemon Granita 

You'll need:
As much freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice as you'd like
Lemon zest

Basically make some lemonade and freeze it. :P Of course, you can make regular lemon granitas as well. That's why I don't have proportions.

I prefer to use warm water so the sugar is evenly dissolved. So in a saucepan on medium-low heat, add as much lemon juice as you'd like. Then add water and sugar to thin out the tartness to your liking. Add just a little bit of lemon zest for color.

Freeze mixture.

Meyer Lemon Granita 3

When the mixture is frozen, with a fork or knife, break the frozen juice into large chunks. Coarsely chop in a food processor or blender. If you don't have one, you can mash it with a fork until the granita is the consistency you'd like.

Serve on hollowed out halves of lemons if you wish.

Meyer Lemon Granita 2


Similar recipes:
Blood Orange Granita
Dragon Fruit Granita

1 year ago today, one of my most popular recipes, Nem Nuong and Nem Nuong Cuon (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties and Grilled Pork Rice Paper Rolls).


  1. Looks so refreshing! I still have a few meyer lemons on our tree, this might go on my list of things to do this weekend. I stopped eating them for awhile, kinda burnt out on the meyers. It's been a few weeks so I'm ready to dive into them again. Our mint is starting to come on right now too, maybe I'll add a bit of mint to make a minty-meyer granita :-)

  2. Haha... tell them what the weather was like today!

    I can't find the Peach House interior pics on your site.

  3. This would be the next best thing to ice cold lemonade on a hot day.

  4. Allen,
    A minty-Meyer granita sounds great. I bet the flecks of green would look very pretty. How can you be burnt out on Meyer lemons?

    It was sunny today. I haven't posted about Peach House yet. And didn't you read my previous entry, you're not supposed to take my photos, you're supposed to link people to my post if they want to see. When I get around to posting about it that is.

    Just let it melt long enough and it becomes lemonade. :)

  5. WC - I'm one of your readers green with envy that you can enjoy your lovely meyer lemon granita outside right now. I dare not do that in our current weather conditions.

    If only I could still have these lemons when it's actually warm here. *sigh*

  6. Christine,
    Yeah, I remember 80 below winters and when 50 degrees was considered "beach weather." Glad I don't live in the midwest anymore!

  7. Perfect for my upcoming BBQ. I know what to do with my lemon tree now.

  8. Savvy Maria,
    Hope you like this recipe too. It's super simple.

  9. I love the pics WC! I really want to try this recipe out, I figure since I like shortbread and I love lemon, I shld like this..hehe.

  10. oops! sorry, i meant to post on the post above this, but btw, I see that dish again..so cute hehe

  11. ToH,
    Haha. I know what you meant. One of my other blog buddies has this dish too. We all have great taste. :)

  12. Oh it was waaaaaaaay too hot that weekend!

    Nice lighting you have! It's so much easier to take food porn pics in natural light than low light, esp since I hate using flash.

  13. Jeannie,
    I had to move a little table to my front door b/c I get very little light in my kitchen. :(


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