You can make and serve this gorgeous Italian frozen iced dessert anytime, but it's really best enjoyed during the summer months. Not only is it cold and delicious, but it forces you to stick your hot, sweaty face in the freezer four or five times to stir. The technique of using a fork several times to mix the freezing granita results in perfect icy crystals.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse strawberries with cold water; let drain. Transfer berries to a blender and add sugar, water, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and salt.

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  • Pulse several times to get the mixture moving, then blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into a large baking dish. Puree should only be about 3/8 inch deep in the dish.

  • Place dish uncovered in the freezer until mixture barely begins to freeze around the edges, about 45 minutes. Mixture will still be slushy in the center.

  • Lightly stir the crystals from the edge of the granita mixture into the center, using a fork, and mix thoroughly. Close freezer and chill until granita is nearly frozen, 30 to 40 more minutes. Mix lightly with a fork as before, scraping the crystals loose. Repeat freezing and stirring with the fork 3 to 4 times until the granita is light, crystals are separate, and granita looks dry and fluffy.

  • Portion granita into small serving bowls to serve.

Cook's Notes:

This will work with other fruit and berry purees.

Hull strawberries by using the tip of small, sharp paring knife inserted at a 45-degree angle near the hull. Rotate the berry to cut out a small cone containing the hull. It saves a little bit of fruit from each strawberry.

Freezing times will vary greatly depending on how cold, empty, large, etc., your freezer is. Just keep checking and forking!

Nutrition Facts

69 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 17.1g; fat 0.3g; sodium 26.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2014
Had this last nite with Lasagna. Very filling yet light. I thought this would taste like ice but it didn't! The strawberry's are creamy but not heavy. I would defiantly eat this as a summer refresher. : ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2014
Had this last nite with Lasagna. Very filling yet light. I thought this would taste like ice but it didn't! The strawberry's are creamy but not heavy. I would defiantly eat this as a summer refresher. : ) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2014
Really good! Extremely easy, but very refreshing to have on a hot summer day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2014
Its great and keep me fresh in the summer Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2018
Very refreshing and yummy! This is a great way to use an abundance of strawberries from our garden patch. Very simple recipe but make sure you leave enough time for the freezing and stirring. I make mine in the morning and it is ready to devour in the summer evenings. Make sure you don't omit the balsamic vinegar. It adds brightness to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2018
I like to put some basil on top but the rest was a hit on my kids Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2018
This was a WOW and a new favorite in my house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2016
Awesome! Turned out just like he said. Only difference is it took much longer to freeze bc I have a small overcrowded freezer bc my other freezer died. So look it took over night to really freeze. We tried the every 45 minutes thing. After the 4th 45 minute we just decided to wait. We used all the ingredients. Tastes awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2017
I took this as a technique rather than a strict recipe. I didn't have 2# of strawberries but had a seedless watermelon and fresh mint and limes on my deck so that was what I used. I did put in some salt and some white balsamic. It was excellent! Will try with various other fruits. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2015
Very very. Good. Refreshing! Read More
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