RECIPE TITLE "Horned Melon and Persimmon Granités with Shaved Persimmon, Cactus Pear, and Sapote"
recipe from Charlie Trotter's Desserts Copyright 1998 by Charlie Trotter
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Serves 6 --- difficult
When a granité is made properly, it is a delicate, shaved ice that melts instantly in your mouth and simultaneously explodes with the flavor of the fruit used in it. Granités are very easy to make— ripe seasonal fruit, simple syrup, and some citrus are all that is required A granité makes a wonderful prelude to something more substantial, like a warm fruit or chocolate dessert, or it can stand alone as a healthful, light choice that is more interesting than just a plate of fruit. I always like to pair a fruit granité with slices or pieces of the respective fruit used in making it for an added textural dimension and to fabulously enhance the flavor of the fruit. Here, the combination of horned melon (or any other type of melon), persimmons, and cactus pear is both luscious and exotic.
2 cactus pears
¼ cup Simple Syrup (See Appendices).
1½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
¾ cup very thinly sliced ripe persimmon
¾ cup very thinly sliced cactus pear
¾ cup very thinly sliced sapote
Persimmon Granité (recipe follows)
Horned Melon Granité (recipe follows)
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METHOD To make the sauce: Cut the cactus pears in half. Hold the pears with a towel to protect your hands from the prickly needles and scoop out the pulp. Purée the cactus pear pulp with the Simple Syrup and lime juice for 1 minute, or until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
ASSEMBLY Place 2 or 3 slices of the persimmon in the center of each plate. Top with the cactus pear and sapote slices. Repeat the process, creating 2 layers of each fruit. Place a small spoonful of Persimmon Granité on the fruit and top with a small spoonful of Horned Melon Granite. Repeat, creating 2 layers of each granité. Drizzle the cactus pear sauce around the plate.
Yield: 1 quart
3 small ripe persimmons, peeled and
½ cup Simple Syrup (see Appendices)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ cup water
METHOD Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pour into a shallow pan, and freeze. To form the granité, scrape the mixture with a spoon every 15 to 20 minutes for 2 hours, or until frozen.
Horned Melon Granité
Yield: 1 quart
3 horned melons, quartered and pulp
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
½ to ¾ cup Simple Syrup (see Appendices)
METHOD Combine the melon, lime juice, and ½ cup Simple Syrup in a blender and purée for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add the additional Simple Syrup to taste. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pour into a shallow pan, and freeze. To form the granite, scrape the mixture with a spoon every 15 to 20 minutes for 2 hours, or until frozen.
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