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Sicilian Watermelon Pudding
"Gelo di Melon"
(Serves 4 to 6)
Sicilian Watermelon Pudding
This Sicilian watermelon recipe brings out the full flavor of the melon in a light pudding-style
dessert.  Traditionally the pistachios and chocolate are stirred into the pudding but we like
them served on top with a dollop of whipped cream.  Use a seedless watermelon for best
results or else you will need to pick out the large black seeds before pureeing it. This is a
very different dessert that your guests are sure to remember.

3 pounds of ripe watermelon flesh (about a 5 to 6 pound watermelon)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or triple sec (orange liqueur)
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
Ground cinnamon for dusting


Remove the watermelon flesh from the rind.  Cut the flesh into large cubes.
Put the watermelon cubes in a blender of food processor and blend until
smooth.  Set aside.

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.  Whisk in the watermelon
puree.  Place the saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a boil, stirring
constantly.  Continue cooking for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has
thickened.  Remove form the heat and stir in the vanilla or triple sec.  Transfer
to a bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin
from forming.   Allow to cool to room temperature.  If you want to make the
pudding with the pistachios and chocolate stirred in do that now.  Otherwise
refrigerate the pudding until well chilled.

To serve:
Spoon into dessert dishes, top with a dollop of whipped cream and evenly
distribute the pistachios and chocolate over the individual servings. Sprinkle
each with some cinnamon and serve.
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Sicilian Watermelon Pudding
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