Granita is a classic Sicilian summer dessert, and is incredibly easy and fun to make. If you have a blender or food processor, then a fresh fruit base is hard to resist (watermelon works particularly well). If not, use a high quality fruit juice, and reduce the sugar ratio to taste.
Makes approximately six bowls.
- 4 cups of fresh fruit, chopped and de-seeded.
- Juice of one lemon or lime
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of sugar (or any sweetener, to taste)
- 3 cups non-concentrate fruit juice
- 1 cup water
- Sugar or sweetener, to taste
- Chopped fruit for garnish
1. Chop fruit into chunks, making sure to remove seeds.
2. Squeeze lemon or lime juice.
3. Combine all ingredients into blender and purée until smooth.
4. Pour mixture into a shallow baking tray, and freeze for 30 minutes or until it has begun to crystalize. Rake frozen parts with a fork, and return to freezer.
5. Repeat every 30 minutes until texture is consistent, and serve into shallow bowls or cups.
If using fruit juice (or any other substitute), skip steps 1 and 3. Instead combine water and sugar in a pan and heat until sugar dissolves, then add to juices and continue from step 4.