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Gelo di melone (Sicilian Watermelon Pudding)

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    Posted: 31 July 2016 at 11:17
I've been doing a lot of Italian for the past few months.  No, not Italian-American, authentic Italian dishes that are true to the regions they hail from.  This one screams Summer so I thought I'd post it here. Watermelon pudding is a Sicilian dessert that illustrates the Moorish influence on this region's cooking that happened when Sicily was an Arab emirate for many years starting around the 9th century.

Watermelon pudding is watermelon juice that has been lightly sweetened and sometimes spiced with cinnamon and cloves.  The mixture is thickened by heating it with a measure of potato or corn starch and scented with jasmine blossoms.  After it has cooled, small pieces of dark chocolate may be introduced mimicking seeds.  The mixture is then poured into dessert bowls an refrigerated to set up.  It is served cold with a topping of ground pistachios and sometimes dark chocolate shavings.

The mixture may be further thickened with additional potato or corn starch should you decide to let it set up more stiffly in a small glass to be unmolded on a dessert plate with jasmine, chocolate shavings, and ground pistachios

I had no jasmine blossoms but I did use dark chocolate, cinnamon, and cloves and thickened with potato starch.   It is a very nice and likely unexpected Summer dessert.

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Wow ..  Gorgeous Summer Dessert ..

Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.
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