Cucumber & mint granita

Yes it is cold down South but this refreshing dessert is also a fabulous palate cleanser between courses all year round.

2 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
½C water
½C mint leaves, reserve some for garnish
1 lime, zest & juice
1 tsp salt
½ tsp stevia, a natural sweetener beware it’s very sweet

Puree cucumber with mint in a blender or food processor.
Add lime zest & juice, water, salt, stevia and mix through.
Pour into tray and place in freezer.
Rake with fork every 15min for first hour to break up ice crystals.
It will take about 2 hours to freeze.
Remove from freezer 10min before serving and rake again.
To serve spoon into dishes and garnish with mint.

Granita is grainier with larger ice particles than sorbet. Sorbet is stirred more often while being frozen. This adds air and creates a smoother texture.