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 =)
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Step 1: Gather your ingredients and tools

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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

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.
fozzy132 years ago
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)  fozzy132 years ago
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 =)
Ganoderma2 years ago
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 Ganoderma2 years ago
For us Brits, and apparently, the Commonwealth (according to Wikipedia) 1 cup = 250ml.

The US 'Legal' cup = 240ml

Hope this helps.
purelily (author)  M!key2 years ago
Thanks for helping out M!key, I was going to have to Google it to find out! =)
fonzuzu2 years ago
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)  fonzuzu2 years ago
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! =)
I am a huge watermelon fan as well! And this looks delicious :)
purelily (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Hope you enjoy it! =)