One of my favorite summer treats I’ve ever made! Watermelon Soft Serve in a Watermelon Slice + Dark Chocolate Watermelon Seeds, this is inspired by Dominique Ansel’s genius creation: What-A-Melon – it was introduced at Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo in 2017, but now you can get it at many of his bakeries during the summertime. The main ingredients are simple: watermelon, sugar, lime juice – so the flavor of watermelon really shines. Since this is dairy free, fat free & vegan, I added 2 thickeners to help achieve a creamier texture – without them, it would be the same texture as an icee. If you love watermelon like I do, this is definitely a fun and delicious project to try out. Watch my short Instagram recipe-video here
Use a blender + mesh strainer to extract the watermelon juice, you can also use a juicer if you have one
Dominique Ansel’s version is vegan, so I used Sorbet Stabilizer and Guar Gum to help create a creamier texture. Since this is soft serve sorbet, it’s never going to be as creamy as standard ice cream soft serve. If you don’t need it to be vegan, you can also substitute 1 Cup of Watermelon Juice with 1 Cup of Heavy Cream for a creamier texture
I used this 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker, it uses ice + ice cream salt to create ice cream, not only does it work really well, it one of the cheapest ice cream makers on the market. You can also use this popular 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker which uses a freezer-bowl instead of ice.
Dark Chocolate Watermelon Seed, I simply melted the chocolate and didn’t go through the trouble of tempering the chocolate – so you have to place the seeds into the fridge to harden up.
If you have leftover soft serve, freeze it overnight & enjoy it as Italian Ice!