Sicilian Recipes

Gelo di Mellone

Presentation. The “Gelo di Mellone” is a typical Sicilian dessert, a delicious watermelon pudding with a lively appearance and a fresh and delicate flavor. Watermelon was once widespread in Egypt and West Africa, but the origins of this dessert are mysterious. Given the area of origin of watermelon and the presence of aromas such as cinnamon among the ingredients, it was probably the Arabs who invented watermelon jelly.

Ingredients: 1 watermelon;  100 g of sugar for each liter of juice; 90 g of starch for each liter of juice; cinnamon powder; dark chocolate flakes.

Ingredients for decoration: dark chocolate flakes; chopped pistachios

Preparation. Cut the watermelon into small pieces. After removing the peel and seeds, sift the pulp or use a juicer to extract the juice from the watermelon. Pour the juice into a saucepan. Add the starch and sugar, mixing without forming lumps. Put the saucepan over low heat and, stirring, bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture has thickened slightly, add the cinnamon and turn off the heat. Let it cool down a bit and add the dark chocolate flakes while stirring. Pour into cups or molds of your choice and refrigerate for an hour. Garnish with chopped pistachios and chocolate flakes before serving.

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