Introduction: Fruity Sicilian Watermelon Gelo (Pudding)

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I love watermelon and I could eat it all day, but I also adore jiggly desserts so when I heard about watermelon gelo, I had to try it! It's easy to make and absolutely yummilicious! It's also vegan, gluten free, pretty healthy, and super refreshing... ahhhh!

*Please note it is more like a dense pudding than jello =)

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients and Tools

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Ingredients:
About 9 cups of seedless watermelon chunks (you will need 4 cups once it is puréed)
3 tbsp sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, or other sweetener (but please don't use the artificial stuff!)
6 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

Tools:
Blender or food processor
Large fine mesh sieve (or cheesecloth)
3-quart saucepan
Rubber heatproof spatula and/or wooden spoon

Optional garnishes -- get creative!
Whipped cream
Roughly chopped pistachios, almonds, or other nuts
Grated semisweet chocolate
Ground cinnamon
Chopped up oreo cookies

Step 2: Pur�e the Watermelon

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Cut the watermelon up into small chunks and purée it in a blender or food processor until liquefied. If necessary, use a tamper to push the watermelon chunks down to be processed.

Step 3: Strain and Simmer

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Place a large fine mesh sieve (or cheesecloth) on top of your saucepan and using a rubber spatula, push and scrape the watermelon purée through the sieve.
Bring the purée to a simmer over medium heat. Make sure you stir the mixture frequently and use your spatula or spoon to scrape the bottom to prevent scorching. 

Step 4: Add More Stuff

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The mixture should have thickened by now, so spoon a small amount of the simmering liquid (about a third of a cup) into a small bowl and mix in the cornstarch. The mixture will turn a pinkish color once it has been incorporated.
Then add the sugar to the mixture and mix well.
Once there are no lumps, pour the mixture into the pot with the purée and stir well.
You may now turn off the heat and mix in the cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Step 5: Pour and Set

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Now you get to decide how you want the gelo to look when it's set. You can pour the entire mixture into a mold, a bowl, rectangular pan, or do what I did and use a few margarita glasses! (I was making them for a brunch for some girlfriends.)
Cover whatever vessel you've chosen tightly with plastic saran wrap and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Step 6: Serving the Gelo

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To serve, just remove the plastic wrap and you're ready to go!
If you put the gelo into a large container, you'll need to spoon the pudding into smaller serving bowls (or just grab a large spoon and dig in!). It's so tasty all by itself, but you can also garnish it with whipped cream, chopped nuts, more cinnamon, shaved chocolate, etc.
Hope you enjoy this wonderful and *healthy-ish* treat!!

Step 7: Alternate Topping: Faux Creme Anglaise

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I had hoped to make whipped cream, but all I had in the fridge was Irish creme half and half, so I decided to whip that a bit and use it as a sort of faux creme anglaise. Since it was already flavored, I did not need to add additional sugar, vanilla extract, or anything. After whipping it for a bit, I poured the sweet goodness over the gelo and topped it with some chopped nuts. Everyone loved it!!

Comments

fozzy13 (author)2012-07-08

Have you tried this with any other fruits? I'd be interested to know how it worked with strawberries, oranges, etc.

Nice Instructable : )

purelily (author)fozzy132012-07-12

Oooo! I never thought to use other fruits, but now that you mention it, I am going to give it a go. I'll bet it would be wonderful with either of those or maybe cherries! Please do post a comment if you try it with a different fruit! Thanks for the idea =)

Ganoderma (author)2012-07-08

Definitely going to try this sometime!
Can I just ask how much a cup is where you live? (Where I live, we don't use cups as a measurement at all and it seems that it's different per country where they do use it)

M!key (author)Ganoderma2012-07-09

For us Brits, and apparently, the Commonwealth (according to Wikipedia) 1 cup = 250ml.

The US 'Legal' cup = 240ml

Hope this helps.

purelily (author)M!key2012-07-12

Thanks for helping out M!key, I was going to have to Google it to find out! =)

fonzuzu (author)2012-07-07

that looks absolutely delish !!! i didn't think u could do that, hows the texture is it smooth like jello. Do u think you could do it with unflavored gelatin for a smoother texture maybe ?

purelily (author)fonzuzu2012-07-07

You know, I was trying to describe the texture to some friends before they tried it and it's less "crunchy" (for lack of a better word) than jello, but more smooth like pudding but denser... not sure if that helps :-P
And you might be able to get a different texture using gelatin, but I try to stick to a vegan diet when possible, so I do not use gelatin. If you do try it, please let me know how it turns out so I can share with my friends! =)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-07-06

I am a huge watermelon fan as well! And this looks delicious :)

Hope you enjoy it! =)

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