Light and refreshing, elegant, and a conversation starter!
Gelo di Melone or Sicilian Watermelon Pudding
Makes 4 servings
3 cups watermelon juice from 4-5 cups of cubed watermelon
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one lime
1 oz. chopped chocolate
2 Tbls. chopped pistachios
Puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender and strain to get 3 cups.
Remove one cup of this juice and pour it into a small bowl. Add the cornstarch and stir to break up any lumps. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Pour the rest of the juice into a saucepan and add the sugar and lime zest. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and slowly drizzle in the cornstarch/juice mixture.
Increase the heat to medium and stir with a wooden spoon until it coats the back of a metal spoon and the liquid is clear, not cloudy. You don't want any cornstarch flavor. Let it bubble for a bit, then remove from heat.
Ladle into parfait glasses, ramekins, or your favorite dessert cups.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Decorate with chopped chocolate and pistachios.
Impress your guests!