Melon cups with summer fruit

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 04:54

Recipe by Gaetano Naclerio - Images courtesy by Germaine Stafford

Germaine Stafford met Gaetano Naclerio who, every summer, heads to Sibari in Calabria where he has a summer house that he shares with his nieces and nephews and their families.

And there’s nothing he enjoys more than playing uncle and rustling up a meal for everyone after a long hot day at the beach.

Quick, simple and refreshing, his "melon cups" are the perfect conclusion to a summer dinner!


(serves four people)
2 cantaloupe melons, chilled;
100g blackberries; 100g blueberries;
100g cherries or raspberries; 100g strawberries;
1tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice;
50g sugar; 50ml melon vodka.


To be honest, any seasonal fruit is perfect for this dessert, so don’t feel restricted by the particular choice used here.

Place the blackberries, blueberries, cherries and strawberries in a large bowl of cold water and rinse gently, being careful not to bruise fruit. Drain them well and place in a bowl, chopping the strawberries before adding. Mix in the lemon juice, sugar and melon vodka and leave in fridge for two hours.

Just before serving, halve melons and clean of seeds. (If you open melons too far in advance, the cut flesh tends to dry out slightly.)
Pile the summer fruit inside the melon halves and distribute the fruit juice left in the bowl equally between them.


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