As the weather heats up, we will all be reaching for the nearest cold drink or frozen treat we can find.
If you love munching on crushed ice in the summer, you’ll love snacking on granita, a frozen treat that will definitely cool you off.
Granita is a “grainy” Italian dessert made by freezing an intensely flavorful liquid and then scraping it with a fork occasionally until it has the texture of snow. Similar to sorbet, the difference is in the way the two treats are frozen. Sorbet is smoother and made in an ice cream machine. Otherwise, the recipes would be interchangeable.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup lime juice
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
- An hour before starting, place a 13×9 inch pan in freezer.
- In a large saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add juice and zest.
- Let mixture cool to lukewarm; strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- Remove pan from freezer and pour in lime mixture.
- Freeze for an hour or until ice crystals begin forming around sides of pan; stir ice into mixture.
- Return to freezer; stir every half hour until mixture is grainy, yet still slightly slushy.
Makes about 4 cups