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(Gelo di Melone)


Using a sharp knife remove the skin and the rind from the watermelon. Cut the watermelon into pieces. Remove the seeds.

Place the watermelon into a blender and blitz till smooth. Pass the mixture through a sieve reserving the juice. Discard the pulp.

In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice to make a slurry. Mix very well to ensure there is no lumps.

Pour the remaining watermelon juice into a saucepan, add the sugar and vanilla bean paste. Bring to the boil reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes whisking often. Whisk the mixture again ensuing to remove the lumps. Whisk in the corn starch mixture to the simmering watermelon juice. Cook for 3-4 minutes whisking often. Add the lemon juice and cook for 1 more minute.

Remove from the heat, pour the pudding mixture through a fine sieve. Divide the liquid between four serving dishes.

Leave in the fridge to set overnight. The consistency of the pudding should be slightly set but not firm like jelly.

To serve, garnish with whipped cream, chopped pistachios and chocolate shavings.

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Juicy, colourful and delicious, there’s no summertime fruit quite like watermelon.

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Serving Size: 150 g Quantity per serving Quantity per 100g
Energy  232.0 kJ 154.7 kJ
Protein 1.3 g 0.9 g
Fat, total 0.3 g 0.2 g
– saturated 0.0 g 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 11.4 g 7.6 g
– sugars 11.4 g 7.6 g
Dietary Fibre 0.8 g 0.5 g
Sodium 0.0 mg 0.0 mg
Potassium 226 mg 151 mg
Vitamin C 7.5 mg (19% RDI*) 5 mg

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 14th Edition 2021

Quantities stated above are averages only

*Recommended Daily Intake (NZ Adult)

timer Total time 510 mins hourglass_empty Prep time 20 mins timer Cook time 10 mins people Serving 4 people info_outline Difficulty Medium emergency Chill Time 8 hours
  • 1kg of LeaderBrand Watermelon
  • 40g corn starch
  • 60g sugar
  • ½ tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • 100ml whipped cream
  • 20g chopped pistachios
  • 2 tbsp chocolate shavings
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