Ann Reardon

10 Best Watermelon Recipes

 

 

A slice of cold watermelon on a hot day is hard to beat. But if you love watermelon as much as I do you might be curious as to what other desserts your an make. There are a great many recipes out there the look like watermelon but don’t have any watermelon in them. Apart from one on this list they are all recipes that actually have watermelon as a main ingredient.

Watermelon Popsicles Recipe

how to make watermelon popsicle recipe
1/4 watermelon cut into chunks, no skin
100g (3.53 ounces) cream cheese
20g (0.71 ounces) Sugar
3 ripe sweet Kiwi Fruit

Processor and puree it until it is smooth. Pour the puree into cups to about 2/3 full. Using a piece of card push a stick through the centre and rest that over the top of each cup to hold the handle in place. Freeze.

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese, vanilla paste and sugar. Spread spoonfuls around the top of the frozen watermelon.

Peel and chop the kiwi fruit and puree or mash it and pour over the cream cheese. Freeze.

Run the cups under hot water to loosen the popsicles and save frozen.

Ombre Watermelon Dessert Recipe

watermelon dessert ombre how to cook that
180g (6.35 ounces) biscuits/cookies
75g (2.65 ounces) butter
2 Tblspn gelatin
1 cup cream
1200mL (40.58 fluid ounces) watermelon juice, strained
1 Tblspn lime juice
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar

Crush the biscuits in a food processor or you can put them in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin. Mix in the melted butter. Tip into the base of a lined loose based tin and press the crumbs down tightly using the back of a spoon.

Pour some of the watermelon juice into the gelatin, stir and then leave the gelatin to absorb the water.

Place the egg whites in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, add about 1/2 of the sugar and whisk together over the heat until stiff peaks form then leave that to cool.

Tip the gelatin mixture into a large bowl and microwave it until it is liquid. Add in the rest of the juice and stir well together.

Put the cream and the rest of the sugar into a bowl and whisk until you get firm peaks.

Add about 1/3 of the cream to the juice and mix it in throughly. Add about a cup of this mixture into the whites. Fold together the watermelon juice, the whites and the rest of the cream. Pour into you tin and place it in the fridge to set overnight. While it is setting it separates out into the top moussey layer and the ombre jelly underneath.

Cut slices and serve cold.

Watermelon Fruit Leather Recipe

watermelon fruit leather how to make ann reardon
Makes 3 rollups in the size shown on the video

1/2 a watermelon
2 tablespoons of sugar if desired

Puree some watermelon in a food processor and strain through a sieve. Reserve the juice for another recipe and use the pulp for this one.
Place the pulp in a nut milk bag and hang over a bowl for 30 minutes so the water can strain out.

Preheat the oven to 120C (248 degrees Fahrenheit).

Spread the remaining pulp onto a silpat on a baking tray for form a square. Do not make this too thin it needs to be around 1.5mm thick.

Bake it in the oven for 2 hours, until it dries out.

Once cooled, use a pizza cutter to cut strips and roll it up with some non-stick baking paper.

Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

watermelon sorbet recipe how to make
1/4 watermelon
(optional also freeze some banana or lime juice to add into your sorbet)

Cut up your watermelon into small pieces and put them on a lined tray and freeze.
Place the frozen pieces into a food processor and process until you get a fine sorbet. Serve scoops into small bowls and sprinkle with choc chips for the seeds if you like.

Watermelon Cookie Recipe

watermelon cookie recipe ann reardon
Makes 2 full trays of cute cookies
340g (11.99 ounces) butter
310g (10.93 ounces) icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
6 egg yolks
600g (21.16 ounces) flour
20g (0.71 ounces) cornflour
green and red gel food colouring

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit)

Add the sugar to the butter, and mix until it is light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolks and vanilla and stir again. Then finally add in the flours and mix until they are just combined.

Split the mixture into three bowls. Leave one plain and colour the others green and red.

Take the red mixture and make a long snake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze.

Roll out the plain mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to make a long rectangle. Remove the top plastic and place the frozen red in the centre. Wrap the plain mixture around the red and freeze again.

Roll out the green. Remove the plastic wrap from the top and add the roll from the freezer into the middle and wrap it around. Freeze again for about 30 minutes.

Slice the roll to get little watermelons you can leave them whole or cut them in half. Add some mini choc chips to each slice for the seeds.

Bake them for 15 minutes then leave to cool.

Watermelon Cake Recipe

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1 whole watermelon
1 sponge cake
600ml cream
100g (3.53 ounces) strawberries
100g (3.53 ounces) blueberries
50g (1.76 ounces) pistachios

Cut the rind off the watermelon. Then cut round slices of watermelon trying to make them as even as you can. Use a cake ring to cut a circle from each piece.

Cut layers of sponge cake and cut to the same circle shape.

Whip the cream and vanilla until you get stiff peaks.

Place the first layer of cake onto your stand or plate and add a ring of acetate around it and tape into place. Pipe a layer of cream then add a disc of watermelon on top.
Sprinkle on some almond meal this helps absorb any excess moisture sitting on top of the watermelon and pipe another layer of cream. Add in your next layer of cake pushing it down and continue to stack up the layers in this way finishing with cream.

Decorate with berries and pistachios.

Peel off the acetate just prior to serving.

Watermelon and yoghurt ice cream recipe

watermelon yoghurt ice-cream recipe ann reardon
2 cups cold watermelon puree
1 cups vanilla yoghurt (for a creamier dessert increase to 2 cups yoghurt)

Churn in an ice-cream machine until firm and serve. This is such a refreshing dessert.

Watermelon pizza

watermelon pizza recipe
A whole watermelon, or half cut sideways so that you can get a round slice.
125g (4.41 ounces) cream cheese
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
100g (3.53 ounces) blue berries
20g (0.71 ounces) pistachios
100g (3.53 ounces) chopped strawberries

Cut a round slice of watermelon either leave the rind on or cut a circle using a cake ring.

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread that mixture in the centre of the watermelon. Sprinkle on blue berries, pistachios and chopped strawberries. Cut into pizza shaped slices and serve immediately. Or store in the fridge for several hours.

More watermelon recipes:

Watermelon carving
Watermelon cheesecakewatermelon dessert recipe
Fruit slushie drinks
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21 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    These recipes are soooo good! I haven’t made the other ones yet but I made the watermelon sorbet and apart from the freezing, everything literally took only 15 minutes to make with almost no effort at all. It tastes super refreshing and is definitely a healthier option for ice cream. 😀

  2. Rating: 5

    hi ann I can’t have sugar and I’ve been craving ice cream thank you soooooooooo much for that sorbet recipe I’m sure to try it!

  3. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann,
    Is there a substitute for gelatine?

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Gughan, gelatin is best for this recipe, however if you are happy to usea vegetarian alternative then Halal Gelatin is made from beans and works okay too.

  4. Rating: 5

    Thanks! It’s the best dessert blog I have seen before.

    • Ann

      Thanks so much Bee, I do appreciate that 🙂

  5. Rating: 5

    Hi! You do not know who much I love,love,love watermelon! You making this video….you just made my day! My grand babies and I made the watermelon pizza, the cookies, and the sorbet. We had a delicious treat on a hot summer’s day! Oh, and I subscribed and turned on notifications!
    Sending love your way,
    Mary Beth

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Mary Beth!

  6. Rating: 5

    Hi again!
    I watched your fizzy fruits video, and I want to find out where i can get dry ice?
    Thanks

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Zachary, search online for a supplier near you. We can order it from a local ice factory, that makes party ice etc.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Zachary, We get dry ice from a local ice factory that manufactures party ice and supplies dry ice. Look online for a local supplier in your area.

  7. Rating: 5

    Same cuz i rely need some diys to do

  8. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann, How do I change the gelatin for gelatin sheets (in particular for the ombre dessert)? I can only find those where I live.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi LocoDodo, Gelatin powder is much more accessible than the sheets. It is usually sold with the flour and other baking products. If you want to use gelatin sheets, you will need 1-2 sheets for every tablespoon of powder. It will depend on the strength of the gelatin. I would go for 4 sheets of gelatin, soak then in cold water for 5-10 minutes then squeeze out the water and add to your liquid. Make sure you mix well and there are no strings, or lumps of gelatin in the mix.

  9. Rating: 4

    I absolutely adore watermelon. Who thinks of all the ideas?

    • Rating: 5

      She herself do so.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      The ideas are all Ann’s. If she builds an idea from someone else’s material, Ann always gives credit.

  10. Trop cool,mais si je pouvais connaitre certains ingrédients en francais

  11. Rating: 5

    Just wonderful ideas, so clearly explained. I always look forward to the next clever idea on Fridays.
    What is a nut bag? can something be substituted for it?

    • Same

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Jean, A nut milk bag. Is a draw string bag, usually made from Muslin that is used to create a ‘milk’ from a type of nut. For example, almond milk. You can use clean, fine weave fabric, that will let the juice through but not the pulp.

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