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Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)

Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)

This is a classic Sicilian dessert from Palermo. This recipe is adapted from http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/sicilian-watermelon-pudding-gelo-di-melone


  • 750 g watermelon, chopped
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 50 g cornflour
  • chopped pistachios, candied lemon peel* to garnish (optional)


  • Blend watermelon until smooth. I used a stick blender. Strain through a sieve.
  • In a saucepan, mix the sugar and cornflour, then add enough watermelon pulp to dissolve the cornflour (do not heat the pan).
  • Add remaining watermelon pulp to pan and bring to the boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  • Continue to whisk for a further 6 minutes or until thick, then remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool slightly and pour into mould(s) this mixture makes 4 small puddings or one large
  • Chill for in the fridge until set. Serve topped pistachios and candied lemon peel. The original recipe suggests topping with cream and/or chopped chocolate as well.

*I made the candied lemon peel by leaving finely shredded lemon peel in caster sugar overnight.

Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)

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