Thursday, July 17, 2008

Basic Fruit Granita

Granita is a refreshing warm weather treat. You can serve it as a dessert, or between courses. Granita is light, palate cleansing, and easy to make. This recipe is a good place to start on your journey into frozen desserts.



  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fruit juice
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat the mixture until it comes to a boil
  3. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and the mixture is clear.
  4. Let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.
  5. Stir in the fruit juice and lemon juice.
  6. Pour the mixture into a 13"x9" metal baking dish.
  7. Put the baking dish in the freezer.
  8. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes until it is firm.
  9. Every 20 minutes take the pan out of the freezer.
  10. Scrape the frozen mixture with a fork
  11. Scrape until the frozen pieces are broken into small shavings.
  12. Mix the shavings into the remaining liquid.
  13. Return to the freezer.
  14. Scrape every twenty minutes until all the liquid has frozen.
  15. Place the granita in a sealable container.
  16. Store the granita in the freezer till ready to serve.

Serving your granita in a wine glass garnished with a sprig of mint or a small fruit slice makes for a simple but elegant presentation to brighten up your table.

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