In July, I received an email from the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPD) inviting me and my kids to participate in the first-ever kid-tastic Watermelon Blogger Challenge.
Categories include: best original kid-tastic watermelon carving; best re-creation of a NWPD kid-tastic watermelon carving; and best original kid-tastic watermelon recipe.
I asked my kids what they thought about the whole thing. They immediately (and enthusiastically) said yes. My son also immediately said that he wanted to make watermelon sorbet. Don't know where that came from, but it sounded good to me!
To get us started, the NWPD sent us a fun kit, including aprons, a watermelon knife, two cutting boards in watermelon colours, a party tub and, yes, a watermelon. (It was a large box.)
We decided to modify a recipe for strawberry sorbet that we had enjoyed in the past.
The kids patiently waited while daddy made the big cuts.
They may or may not have grabbed some slices to eat while waiting.
They made the smaller cuts themselves using bread knives.
And then put the watermelon chunks in the food processor.
And the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Careful negotiating was involved to keep both kids participating and happy.
I had made sugar water earlier. The kids thought it looked kind of gross.
In it went anyway.
On went the machine.
After everything was mixed together, we poured it into the ice cream maker.
And waited. For about 15 minutes.
Here, the frozen mix.
Finally, the taste test.
The kids had so much fun working together in the kitchen, and enjoyed their cool, refreshing treat all the more, having made it themselves.
Keywords: dessert vegan vegetarian nut-free soy-free gluten-free watermelon sorbet summer
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups fresh watermelon, cubed
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Combine sugar and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from the heat and place in the fridge until completely cool.
In a food processor, puree the watermelon, lemon juice and cooled sugar water.
Start ice cream maker and pour the watermelon mixture into the machine.
Churn until desired consistency (our machine took 15 minutes).
Store in the freezer. Enjoy!
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