Gelo di Mellone -
Member recipe by campodifragole
This is a typical Sicilian summer dessert from Palermo. In the local dialect Mellone is Anguria in Italian, which means Watermelon. Once it was considered a humble dessert but now it has become part of typical Sicilian dessert recipes ironically the reserve of the rich. Although its preparation is very easy it creates a really beautiful cromatic effect. It's served in cups chilled for a couple of hours at least or perfect for filling a baked tart case.
- 1 kg watermelon, peeled
- 100g sugar
- 80g cornstarch
- Jasmine flowers
- To decorate:
- chopped pistachios
- cinnamon powder
- chocolate shavings
- some jasmine flowers
- Infuse the jasmine flowers in a pot with a bit of water. Heat for a few minutes and then leave to infuse until cold.
- Put the seedless watermelon in a mixer with sugar, cornstarch and mix.
- Pour the mixture in a pan and reheat until it reaches boiling point. Then let it boil for three minutes. Add the jasmine water.
- Chill for a couple of hours and serve it in cups or you can use to fill a baked tart case.
- Finish off with chopped pistachios, cinnamon powder, chocolate shavings and some jasmine flowers.