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DC-Inspired Recipes are by Laura from Lauralicious in DC

100-degree temps aren’t playin’ around in DC these days. Humid summer days are the perfect time to enjoy a cool dessert such as Cantaloupe and Mint Granitas. This time of year, you can get the cheap melons at farmers’ markets. It’s easy to make granitas with fresh melon. There’s minimal cooking and prep time, and most of the work is done in the freezer. That means more time cooling off at the pool instead :)

Cantaloupe-Mint Granitas:


1 cantaloupe

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

1/4 cup sugar

Handful of chopped fresh mint

1. Purée the cantaloupe until smooth. Pour into a long, flat plastic Tupperware dish so that the puree is no more than about 1 to 1.5″ thick.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice, water, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the cantaloupe and mix well. Mix in the chopped mint.

3. When frozen, scrape with a fork and add to a glass or serving bowl.

What are some of your other favorite cool desserts to make in the hot DC summer?


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