Summer brings a host of welcomed changes…longer days, warmer sunshine, fresh fruits and vegetables, being outdoors more, freshly cut lawns, pretty flowers, outdoor social gatherings, and birds singing. When the temperature soars, it’s time to cool down and a favorite of mine is homemade granita. Originating in Sicily, granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and flavorings. It’s the perfect remedy for a hot summer’s day.
This recipe contains strawberries, water, sugar, lime juice
serves 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 1 hr +
- 4 cups ripe strawberries, washed and sliced
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1. In a bowl, combine strawberries and sugar. Let this sit for 30 minutes or longer to enhance the flavors. Add water and purée strawberries. Adjust according to taste; you may need to add more sugar or more lime juice if too sweet. Strain to remove seeds and pour strained mixture into a glass lasagna pan. Freeze until mixture is frozen (about 1 1/2 hours), stirring edges into center every 20 to 30 minutes. Use a fork to scrape granita into flaky crystals.
- 2. The Culinary Chase’s Note: For an adult version, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vodka. Enjoy!