Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)- Gluten Free

Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone)- Gluten Free

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 3-lb. piece seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1" chunks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, to garnish
  • Roughly chopped pistachios, to garnish
  • Diced candied citron, to garnish, optional
  • Grated semisweet chocolate, to garnish
  • Ground cinnamon, to garnish


  1. Purée the watermelon chunks in a blender or food processor until liquefied. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a 3-quart nonreactive saucepan. While whisking, drizzle in puréed watermelon.
  3. Bring the watermelon mixture to a boil over medium heat, while stirring constantly and scraping bottom with a wooden spoon. Boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching, until it thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, push and scrape the watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a 2-quart bowl.
  5. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. To serve, spoon the pudding between 6 small serving bowls and garnish with whipped cream, pistachios, citron (if using), and chocolate. Dust with the cinnamon.