GRANITA…. a simple, refreshing & delicous dessert!!

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Strawberry Granita!

lemon granita

Lemon Granita-made with fresh Lemons and Limoncello

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Raspberry Granita

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Strawberries, Lemon, Water and Sugar….all you need for a Granita!

booze

You can add any of these to the Granita for a “grown up” version.

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Granita’s can be made with many different fruits

Granita’s are originally from Sicily, they are refreshing, delicious and easy to make. I recently served the strawberry granita to a bunch of friends and everyone loved it. I served mine with cookies on the side… enjoy!

Strawberry Granita ….Granita’s can be made with any fruit (sub in fruit of choice) (makes 6 servings)

  • 3 cups strawberries (cut the green part off)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (most recipes add more sugar but it does not need it) this works

Directions:

  • Mix hot water, lemon juice and sugar in a bowl until the sugar dissolves
  • Blend strawberries in a food processor until smooth
  • Mix everything together and pour into a metal pan (13x9x2) you want a thin layer in the pan
  • Freeze until icy around edges (about 20-25 minutes) then stir icy portion on edges into middle of pan
  • Freeze until frozen (about 1.5 hours) using a fork scrape granita into flaky texture
  • Place in bowls, garnish with fruit and enjoy!!
  • For an adult version add some booze- vodka, rum, tequila are all good choices.

Lemon Granita made with Limoncello & fresh Lemon Juice…

  • 6 lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • Sugar to taste (start with 1/2 cup and go up from there if you like it very sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons Limoncello
  • 3 sprigs of thyme for flavor and garnish

Directions:

  • Squeeze the lemons to make 1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice
  • Add the water to the lemon juice & stir in sugar to desired sweetness
  • Add the thyme and Limoncello and let sit for 15 minutes
  • Strain the liquid into metal baking dish (the thyme and lemon seeds should not end up in the dish if you use a strainer) it should be a thin layer
  • Freeze until icy around edges (about 20-25 minutes) then stir icy portion on edges into middle of pan
  • Freeze until frozen (about 1.5 hours) using a fork scrape granita into flaky texture
  • Place in bowls, garnish with thyme and enjoy!!
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