Fresh Strawberry Granita

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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.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe strawberries, hulled and halved

  • cup white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon balsamic vinegar (Optional)

  • 1 tiny pinch salt

Directions

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Portion granita into small serving bowls to serve.

    close up view of Fresh Strawberry Granitas in glasses garnished with fresh mint
    Yoly

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 (per serving)

69 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 67mg 335%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 175mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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